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Forces of Nature

It won’t blow you away

By Vanessa Yen

Written by Marc Lawrence

Directed by Bronwen Hughes

With Ben Affleck, Sandra Bullock, David Strickland, Blythe Danner, Joe Don Baker, Steve Zahn and Meredith Scott Lynn

Forces of Nature is a pretty lame excuse for a romantic comedy. Despite recruiting such talent as Ben Affleck and Sandra Bullock, director Bronwen Hughes is unable to create a coherent and engaging movie.

The film begins with Ben (Ben Affleck), a book jacket writer from New York City, traveling to Savannah, GA, for his wedding with Bridget (News Radio’s Maura Tierney.) As Ben boards the plane with his flying jitters, he meets Sarah (Sandra Bullock), a recklessly outgoing young woman who appeals to his adventurous side.

Just before takeoff, the plane skids off the runway. In the ensuing scramble for a rental car Ben bumps into Sarah, and ends up road tripping with her down the East Coast. In a ridiculous chain of events similar to those found in Planes, Trains and Automobiles, Ben’s life takes a 180 degree turn as his passion for adventure, and his interest in Sarah, grows. Throughout the movie, Ben races against time and his own emotions to make it to the wedding. The ungodly number of coincidental “accidents” he encounters further compounds his inner struggle. The more time he spends with Sarah, the more unwieldy she gets, and the stronger his feelings for her. The audience is forced into a state of confusion as to why Ben would jeopardize his marriage to the attractive and classy Bridget for the despicable Sarah, who he has known for only several days.

There is very little comedy, even less romance, and absolutely no realism offered in this film. Each scene is set up to resemble a natural progression of two people falling in love, but the situations are just too outrageously unbelievable to work. The only bright point in the whole movie is a bunch of interesting thunderstorm special effects. But unless you are a die-hard Sandra Bullock or Ben Affleck fan, this movie is not worth your $8 and two hours.