3 Nights in the Desert
Action / Drama
3 Nights in the Desert
Action / Drama
THE BIG CHILL meets THE GRADUATE. What could have been? What might have been? Reunions can be exciting, frustrating, exhilarating, nostalgic, one life given over to practicality while another chases lost dreams. Set against the majestic landscape of the desert, three estranged friends and former band mates "celebrate" turning 30, carrying their hopes, unresolved wounds and intertwined romantic baggage, in this hysterically funny and poignant look at lost loves, forgotten dreams and missed opportunity of three young adults in the final stages of giving up their youth.
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Heartfelt movie on old friendships
We grow up. We change. And yet we often want our friends to stay the
same. Or better yet, to make up for how they may have hurt us a long
time ago. Sometimes we get that, sometimes we don't, and sometimes the
fiercest, most passionate friendships come to blows. 3 Days in the
Desert is a heartfelt story about those sorts of relationships, and how
we try to make them better, but maybe learn something about who we are
in the process. It's at times funny, but mostly appropriately sensitive
and rueful about a lost friendship that could be rekindled. The writing
is terrific, the cinematography is gorgeous and Wes Bentley and Amber
Tamblyn shimmer in their roles. Believable but also magnetic. The other
character, Barry, could have been softened in a lot of ways, but I find
it really interesting that he wasn't. Can we be generous to the person
whose dream changed along the way? Can we forgive the friend who broke
our heart? This movie gives you a lot to think about. Watch it and then
call an old friend. They want to hear from you too, I bet.
Sort of a strange
Sort of a strange story about three friends, who haven't seen each
other in a long time, meeting at the home of the one who has chosen to
be a recluse way out in the desert. As the story progress you learn
they shared an interest in breaking into the music industry as a 'band'
- but it never came to pass - and all three friends have gone in
Travis is the desert recluse, Anna and Barry have pursued professional
lives and have joined the society as responsible members. Travis has a
real problem with this. He rejected society for the solitude of the
desert and his own thoughts. In my opinion Travis makes it clear that
he was physically attracted to both Anna and Barry. Travis knows he
cannot cross this barrier with either Barry or Anna. Barry and Anna had
their own thing and Travis was always the third wheel.
So to sum up this rather forgettable movie - Travis instigated this
reunion to tell his two friends (and in a very abstract psychotic way)
that he is going to kill himself. What are the clues? 1. Travis takes
them to that mystery cave. 2. Travis disappears one night. 3. Travis
sends Barry & Anna off to go home in his truck, without Travis. 4. As
the story ends Travis is seen going into the cave - now his crypt! The
This movie is only firing on 3 cylinders and never gets to the point.
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If this teaches kids not to believe in themselves the movie might win.
It wasn't the acting that bothered me at all. I thought the acting was
pretty good. The entire concept of this movie, the world we live in,
and how it shatters our dreams is what tormented me about this film. I
respected the work that went into it enough to finish watching but
after I was done I felt like I needed to forget all about it and never
watch it again. Why is that? There are people in this world who say
they are going to do something and follow through with their actions.
There are people in this world who try something a few times, then
quit, and just let life take them as they drift away into a meaningless
existence. I felt like this movie was trying to teach me to go drift
away into a meaningless existence. It is a very depressing, cold hard
dose of reality that shows us how most younger musicians view
themselves today. They feel their talents aren't important enough to
make a living out of it so they go end up doing some job that they hate
and stay miserable. To sum it up take three former band mates, put them
out in the middle of nowhere, and let them drink until they feel better
about giving up on their instruments. I wasn't sold. By the end of the
movie I wanted to go write myself a masterpiece and I was not going to
let the movie defeat me.