Director: Jamie Linden
Writer: Jamie Linden
Starring: Channing Tatum, Rosario Dawson, Chris Pratt, Justin Long
Review By: Griff
This movie caught my eye because it had Aubrey Plaza in it and I thought she was great in Safety Not Guaranteed. She was in this film along with a fairly strong cast and thought I would give it a try.
Ten Years is about a group of High School friends who get together for their 10 year reunion. None of them have really kept in close contact and they have all gone their separate ways since graduation. The central characters are Jake (Channing Tatum) and Mary (Rosario Dawson) who were High School sweethearts.
Jake and Mary were together for many years and continued to date for a while after High School but things fell apart and now Jake is about to get engaged and Mary is married. There is obvious tension and awkwardness when they meet up again and try to work out their unresolved issues.
Along with the main characters there are lots of little sub-plots going on with the other characters in the film. Oscar Isaac plays Reeves, a musician who has scored a hit song on the radio and is a rising star. He he has come back for the reunion in hopes of meeting up with a girl he had a crush on back then but was never able to date. Justin Long and Max Minghella play Marty and AJ, two close friends who have kept in touch but have still drifted apart. Both of them think the other guy is living a great life but of course they both have secrets they haven’t shared with each other yet. Then there is Cully (Chris Pratt) a former High School bully who feels bad about the fact that he picked on everyone back then and is hoping to make amends with his former victims.
This isn’t the end of the sub plot list but for the sake of brevity I am not going to list all of them here.
10 Years had some promise. The cast seemed strong and I was hoping to find a little diamond in the rough. Sadly that was not the case. It takes a really adept director to pull off a movie with some many plot lines. It rarely works and usually you just end up touching the surface of most of the characters and never really getting an understanding of any of them. Unfortunately 10 years is this type of movie.
We never really get to know these characters beyond the cliche roles that they play. They lack depth and a result you end up not really caring what happens to any of them. None of the leads really have anything going on in their lives. There really isn’t any tension or build up to any kind of issues that need to be resolved. It’s just a bunch of friends who have drifted apart and now are living their separate lives. The movie isn’t really funny, nor is it overly serious. It’s just boring. The result is you feel like you have been dragged to the High School reunion of your significant other and now you have to pretend to be interested in the mostly mundane lives of some total strangers.
10 Years is not a good movie and it’s plot has been done before and done much better. If you have never seen The Big Chill I recommend spending two hours of your time on that rather than this dud. It only gets 1 guy from me.