Forces of NatureMarch 19, 1999
A soon-to-be-married man encounters an exciting stranger after his plane suffers an accident on takeoff.
Release Year: 1999
Rating: 5.2/10 (17,177 voted)
Critic's Score: 46/100
Stars: Sandra Bullock, Ben Affleck, Maura Tierney
Ben Holmes, a professional book-jacket blurbologist, is trying to get to Savannah for his wedding. He just barely catches the last plane, but a seagull flies into the engine as the plane is taking off. All later flights are cancelled because of an approaching hurricane, so he is forced to hitch a ride in a Geo Metro with an attractive but eccentric woman named Sara.
Athena Maria Bitzis
Juanita the Bull Tamer
(as Athena Bitzis)
Meredith Scott Lynn
(as George D. Wallace)
Why watch the Force when you can watch… Forces of Nature?
Release Date: 19 March 1999
Filming Locations: Beaufort, South Carolina, USA
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $13,510,728
(21 March 1999)
Did You Know?
In a scene early in the movie, the two leads are shown sitting in an outdoor location in front of a large rusty globe. This location is in the city of Savannah, although the two characters have not reached Savannah by that point of the story.
Crew or equipment visible:
Reflected in the window of the train when the kid is staring at Sarah from behind.
Sarah, everybody loves you, you just… you just think they're all wrong.
conventional romance with a surprise brave ending
In "Forces of Nature," Ben Affleck stars as Ben, a repressed, buttoned-up
stuffed shirt writer who, through a series of natural and manmade mishaps,
ends up spending the several days before his impending marriage in the
company of a freespirited, totally spontaneous and liberated young woman
named Sarah, played by Sandra Bullock.
For the vast majority of the film's running time, the screenplay follows the
conventions of the opposites-attract scenario almost slavishly. The script
even provides Ben's fiancee with an overly-convenient replacement in the
form of a now-hunky childhood friend she has not seen in years who rekindles
sparks with her on the eve of the wedding.
Thus, the stage is set for the predictable true love romantic finale. But,
damn, if the writers don't pull the rug out from under us and shatter the
time-honored cliche. This is particularly surprising because, up to now,
the film has exhibited no trace of iconoclasm in either its plot or
character development. In fact, the screenplay is less a full-fledged
narrative than a series of photographic montage sequences strung lazily
together as Ben and Sarah engage in one cutesy situation and encounter after
another. Thus, the unconventionality of the resolution comes as an even
more stunning surprise than it otherwise might.
Affleck and Bullock are very appealing as two young people who complement
each other's strengths and weaknesses and who learn to offer one another
valuable life lessons. "Forces of Nature" emerges as one of those rare
films that is, perhaps bizarrely, actually better in retrospect than in the