As I mentioned
earlier, I saw
Changing Lanes this past weekend.
Changing Lanes is, long story short, about a poor guy who gets
screwed by a pompous rich guy. Basically.
Samuel L. Jackson plays a
poor guy whose life is falling apart. His wife is divorcing him and
taking his kids across the country, he’s a recovering alcoholic, and he
just generally seems to always be in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Ben Affleck is a
richer-than-God lawyer who claims to uphold the law but really just
finds loopholes through which to screw the average person. I’m sure
you’ve heard of these people. These people are why like 10% of the
people in the world have 90% of the wealth.
Ben Affleck, in a hurry on his way to court to defend his latest $100M
pilfering, is talking on his cell phone and not driving, like most of
these folk do. He proceeds to basically run Samuel L. Jackson off the
road. Samuel L. Jackson, wanting to follow through with things in his
life and get things done right, asks for Ben Affleck’s insurance
information, which, of course, Ben Affleck is unable to provide. Ben
writes Samuel a blank check and shouts “Better luck next time!” out the
window while driving off.
This makes Samuel L. Jackson late for his custody hearing, which, in
turn, loses him any visitation rights to see his kids. Basically,
Samuel’s been screwed.
But what Ben Affleck doesn’t realize, once he’s gotten to court, is
that the folder he wrote his name and number on and gave to Samuel L.
Jackson is a critical document that is needed to keep him out of jail
and ensure he’s rich.
Ben Affleck tries to appeal to Samuel L. Jackson and Samuel doesn’t
take any of it. He’s still pissed off about Ben making him late for the
Ben Affleck then hires a guy to fix the computers to make Samuel L.
Jackson bankrupt with bad credit. Samuel L. Jackson strikes back at Ben
Affleck by sabotaging his car. Back and forth, the war escalates.
Eventually, Samuel L. Jackson hits bottom and realizes that the bigger
man is gonna have to give in. He goes and gives the file back to Ben
Affleck, who decides right there that the life of the lying, rich lawyer
is not for him and he’s going to help Samuel get his life and kids back
first thing the next day.
I thought the general premise of the movie was great - a rich guy
screws a poor guy and the poor guy actually is able to do something
about it. I guess I thought there would be more to it, though. I’m not
sure what, exactly, but something. Maybe more action. Maybe more
intrigue. Maybe a little bit deeper characters. I can’t really put my
finger on it.
On the other hand, it did keep my attention the whole time, and I did
end up feeling bad for Samuel L. Jackson and hating Ben Affleck, which
says something about their respective skills. I like both of those guys,
so I’m glad they could pull this off.
All in all, I’d give this movie, oh, like 7.5 out of 10. I
probably won’t buy it on DVD, and there wasn’t any real reason you’d
have to see it on the big screen - no big effects or anything. But it
was definitely worth a rental, so if you haven’t already seen it, I
would put it on your list to check out.