The Ticket asks, when you can finally see the world, does it live up to your fantasy?
Photo by Zachary Galler
The Ticket is not a great movie. You can figure out the ending ten minutes in, and basically guess 90 percent of the time how each scene is going to play out. The closure is not there at the end, and while the buildup is there, you see times when the characters just leap to a new point without a fleshed-out motivation. It’s kind of the same way an action movie just wants to get to the explosions and will skip dialogue. Is it just giving into impulse or could one more scene have given that person a little more depth.
Much the same way that I didn’t bury the lead in this article, The Ticket doesn’t do it either, as we find out the central plot point in the very opening scene. A blind man wakes up one day to find he can see. What goes from that point on makes this a decent movie despite its flaws. Probably the best thing I would say about this movie is that the characters are all very human. You alternately like and loathe pretty much every actor and actress in the movie.
***SPOILERS BEYOND HERE, ADVANCE AT YOUR OWN PERIL***
Dan Stevens’ portrayal of James goes quickly from Josh Baskin in Big to cribbing from Patrick Bateman in American Psycho. He yearns after other women, becomes materialistic and yet you almost feel the same pity for him that he accuses his wife of, the straw that leads to the easiest breakup/separation/divorce you’ll ever see. Malin Akerman’s Sam is another sympathetic character that is not without flaws. As James rapidly grows apart from her, she takes nearly every opportunity to get in a dig at him, neutralizing some of the sympathy you feel for her. Again, this duality is in the end, a good thing, and something you can say for all the main characters in the movie – Oliver Platt’s Bob and Bishé’s Jessica rounding out the four main heroes/villains.
I think the only really bad taste in my mouth stems from the ending itself, which seems like the writers and/or directors really, REALLY loved the ending of the Sopranos more and decided a cliffhanger was the way to go. Maybe it’s just personal taste, but unless someone’s doing buildup to a sequel, I hate the early cutoff. It’s like going to your favorite Halal cart and not getting any white sauce on your chicken and rice. Everything’s ready for that last little bit. You’ve got some hot sauce (not too much because that stuff is seriously spicy), and it’s just missing that one crucial element to tie everything together. It’s Lebowski’s rug, Charles Kane’s sled…just make the movie five minutes longer and tie up the loose ends. Is that too much to ask?
Overall, I still liked the movie. It’s not without flaws, but worth a watch. On a five-star scale, I’d give it three.
The Ticket stars Dan Stevens, Malin Ackerman, Oliver Platt and Kerry Bishé. Directed by Ido Fluk. Written by Ido Fluk and Sharon Mashihi. 1 hour, 37 minutes run time. The Ticket will be released in New York and Los Angeles on April 7th.