THE CITY OF YOUR FINAL DESTINATION
Road to Nowhere
Release Date: April 16, 2010
Runtime: 114 minutes
Distributor: Screen Media Films
Director: James Ivory
Executive Producer: None
Producer: Paul Bradley and Pierre Proner
Writer: Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
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Omar needs to get the approval from the estate of Latin American author Jules Gund to write a book about Gund, or he will lose his scholarship and his fellowship, and his PhD career will come to an end. He receives a letter signed by Gund’s widow, Caroline, Gund’s mistress, Arden, and Gund’s brother, Adam, saying he does not have their permission. His aggressive girlfriend Deirdre urges him to travel to Uruguay to change their minds.
When Omar arrives unannounced at the isolated Gund estate, he disrupts everyone’s life. Adam, played by Anthony Hopkins, is an aging homosexual with manic depressive tendencies. Adam’s partner, Pete, is a Japanese entrepreneur. Gund’s widow, Caroline, is a cold, controlling beauty. Gund’s mistress, Arden, is flighty and sexually charged.
This is a miserable group of people. Omar is an unrealistic character who doesn’t provoke any interest in the minds of the audience. The movie seems to just be a vehicle for condoning immoral lifestyles. The story is weak and repetitious. And, there’s a bash at Christians when Arden tells how she had joined a silly (according to her) evangelistic group called Joyful Noise, only to be seduced by Jules Gund.
Anthony Hopkins does a terrible job playing a homosexual. He never looks interested in Pete, even when he’s kissing him, and only seems interested in Caroline even when she’s rebuking him.
This movie is so mediocre that it makes one question the quality of director James Ivory’s 23 other famed collaborations with screenwriter Ruth Prawer Jhabvala. It is not worth the price of admission.
This is a miserable group of immoral people. Omar is an unrealistic character who doesn’t provoke any interest in the minds of the audience. The movie seems to be a vehicle for condoning immoral lifestyles. The humanist story is weak and repetitious, with a bash at Christians coming from the late author’s mistress. Anthony Hopkins does a terrible job playing a homosexual. He never looks interested in Pete, even when he’s kissing him, and only seems interested in Caroline, even when she’s rebuking him. This mediocre movie is not worth the price of admission. THE CITY OF YOUR FINAL DESTINATION is a road leading to nowhere. Media-wise viewers will skip this particular cinematic journey.