Saw this last night on widescreen DVD. Very good film; in fact, excellent at times. Thumbs up. Excellent cinematography...the color stock was superb and the director's choice of shots (screen composition) was at times remarkable. New York City never looked better. One clever shot shows all the traffic lights on Park Avenue changing at the same time, from green to yellow to red...there is a very subtle musical accompaniment. Goes fast...you have to watch carefully for it.
Now, to the cast: Adam Sandler...who knew he was such an excellent actor? Wow -- I was big-time impressed. Quite a performance, probably should be nominated for an Academy Award. Donald Sutherland -- excellent, albeit he gets only a cameo in this film. Melinda Dillon -- fine actress but, whoaaa -- what the heck happened to her? She was the female lead in Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and all I will say is -- what a difference 30 years had made.
My only gripes about this movie:
1. The DVD starts with a pre-movie disclaimer, which says something along the lines of "the opinions and views expressed in this film are that of the director and do not reflect the views of Sony pictures" or some such thing. OK, great, I guess Sony Pictures doesn't agree that the terrorists who flew airplanes full of living people into the Twin Towers don't qualify as "thugs." The disclaimer is a disgrace. And, it's shown in three separate languages. I'm surprised Sony Pictures didn't also put the disclaimer in Arabic.
2. A scene between two characters. The Don Cheadle character is talking to a therapist about his friend, the Adam Sandler character. The therapist says, "What's his problem?" He responds, "He lost his family a few years ago in an airline crash." Totally unbelievable dialogue. Totally ridiculous! Two New Yorkers standing on Park Avenue would never have a conversation on this topic such as shown in this film. The conversation would have been more like this:
"What happened to him?
"He lost his entire family on 9/11. They were on the first plane that hit the Trade Center. His wife and three girls. Can you imagine?!"
3. End credits: font type is too small. Instead of playing The Who's "Reign O'er Me," the song is performed by a different band.