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REVOLUTIONARY ROAD

Set in 1955, the story centres on both hopes and aspiration of Frank (DiCaprio) and April Wheeler (Winslet), a self-assured couple who see themselves different from the rest of the Revolutionary Hill Estates` neighbours. April, an aspiring actress who desire to move to Paris, while Frank work away all the hours at a corporate company, which he despises by drinking and having an affair. In the end, the couple`s marriage slowly falls into pieces, fuelled by never ending cycles of arguments and jealousy.

Language: English
Subtitle: NA
Classification: M18
Release Date: 16 Apr 2009
Genre: Drama
Running Time: 1 Hour 59 Minutes
Distributor: UNITED INTERNATIONAL PICTURES
Cast: Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kathryn Hahn
Director: Sam Mendes
Format: NA

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Writer: Ezekiel Lee Zhiang Yang

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Watch this if you liked: "The Son's Room", "American Beauty", "The Sweet Hereafter"

Heavy on Oscar nods, "Revolutionary Road" is a muted horror movie for young couples, riding on the brilliance from the "Titanic" reunion of Kate Winslet and Leo DiCaprio, as "American Beauty" director Sam Mendes continues his suburban fixation with some compelling source material from Richard Yates' book.

Clocking in just under two hours, an amazing 1950s production design will have you glued to a story about a couple who meet, get hitched and start living out a nightmare of a marriage. Slow-burning themes of disillusionment, family dysfunction and human failure hang over Frank and April Wheeler, in what must be an excellent adaptation from the rich book this writer concedes not to have read.

Although the powerhouse performances from the two leads are truly theatre-worthy, the problem with "Revolutionary Road" as a feature movie is perhaps, precisely how overly excellent an adaptation it is. The pacing of the film is so very much like reading a book - you end up reading the movie. Something painfully predictable seems to lurk at the end of every scene, regardless of how Winslet and DiCaprio hack it. The absence of familiar cinematic punches can turn the show into a chore. Sometimes these people are simply so real, it's boring.

Trust a madman to point the way forward - Mike Shannon ("8 Mile", "Shotgun Stories") delivers an awesome turn as John Givings, a relative to the Wheelers whose societal detachment enables him to dissect their problems and present them in the most cruel yet truthful way possible for all to see. This outrageous, most inappropriate behaviour is reminiscent of some of the things Kevin Spacey does in "American Beauty", and this briefly relieves the movie of its monotony. Kathy Bates ("Misery", "Dolores Claiborne") stars in this too.

Sometimes, the sharp arguing in this movie is very heartbreaking. While there is no groundbreaking profundity in its content, the sheer negativity of this movie does make it a heavy watch. Not for the thrill seekers, though it does have some re-watch value for those who are going through marital woes.

Cinema Online, 17 April 2009
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Effective 15 July 2011
G - Suitable for all ages
PG - Suitable for all ages, but parents should provide guidance to their young
PG13 - Suitable for persons aged 13 and above, but parental guidance is advised for children below 13
NC16 - Suitable for persons aged 16 years and above
M18 - Suitable for persons aged 18 years and above
R21 - Restricted to persons aged 21 and above only
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