UncertaintyJanuary 3, 2009
A young couple, in love and facing a life-changing decision, find one seemingly ordinary July 4th cleaved in two by the flip of a coin on the Brooklyn Bridge.
Release Year: 2009
Rating: 5.9/10 (2,677 voted)
Critic's Score: 45/100
Stars: Lynn Collins, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Assumpta Serna
A young couple, Kate and Bobby, flip a coin on the Brooklyn bridge to determine the paths their lives take that day, the Fourth of July. The green path takes them to Brooklyn where they spend a quiet day with Kate's family, coming to a better understanding of their status as a couple. The yellow path takes them to Manhattan where they are being chased by a gunman and are in the center of a dangerous crime ring involving large amounts of money. What does the future hold for Kate and Bobby?
Writers: Scott McGehee, David Siegel
Saidah Arrika Ekulona
Michaela M Hill
The choice is theirs.
Release Date: 3 Jan 2009
Filming Locations: New York City, New York, USA
Opening Weekend: $13,075
(15 November 2009)
(20 December 2009)
(Toronto International Film Festival)
Did You Know?
The script was written without dialogue. The actors developed all the dialogue with the directors during rehearsals.
Is today the day?
I don't know. Maybe.
What's your gut tell you?
That I'm nauseous.
How 'bout less literally…
I'm afraid of deciding.
I'm *not* afraid of either scenario, but it's just – I want this to be something we're doing, not something we're not doing.
What does *this* mean?
This, meaning whatever we decide.
About choices and where they lead
The movie follows two possible outcomes of a single day for Bobby
(Gordon-Levitt) and Kate (Lynn Collins). The two stories are almost
like parallel universes, featuring the same couple. During the film, we
alternate between scenes of both of those "realities". This could have
made for a confusing narrative but directors Siegel and McGehee make
sure we always know which story we are following with simple devices
(primarily, colors and clothing but also good editing choices and
Gordon-Levitt and Collins have amazing chemistry, which is showcased in
two very, very different stories. One runs very much like a
down-to-earth drama, where they go spend a day with Kate's family. The
other story is more akin to an action thriller on a budget, where Bobby
finds a cell phone that is valuable to extremely dangerous individuals.
The starting point of the narrative split is a single decision, that is
eventually made on a coin toss. The whole film appears to explore the
uncertainty (duh) of choices before us and how making a decision will
lead us on a path that will, again, lead to more choices. It is good
food for thoughts and I could appreciate how the writers went for two
radically different stories, to highlight how different the future can
Both stories had excellent acting and were well-paced and engaging.
Where I had a bit of a problem is with the thriller story, which ended
abruptly and was rather unsatisfying in its resolution. Nonetheless,
the whole exercise was organic. Lynn Collins was a revelation for me.
As for Joseph Gordon-Levitt, this excellent actor keeps on impressing
with great performances and solid, off-beat career choices. Many people
like to talk about the "curse of child actors" where they disappear as
they get older. Gordon-Levitt brilliantly defies this trend and oozes
charisma and talent.