September 20th 2009 03:17
Based on Kurt Vonnegut's novel of the same name, Slaughterhouse-Five was well received winning the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival and earning a Golden Globe nomination for the lead actor Michael Sacks. Interestingly enough, Sacks only remained in the industry for 12 years and retired from acting in 1984 to pursue a career in Technology.
Sacks is Billy Pilgrim who somehow experiences his life in a random order, switching between events in his life with no warning. One minute he is an optometrist living with his wife and family and the next he is thrown back to World War II. What causes the switch or even how it begins is not clear although Pilgrim just seems to go with the flow managing somehow to switch from one stage in his life to another without too much trouble. Lucky for him, unlike that of Henry DeTamble in Audrey Niffenegger's version of time travel in The Time Traveller's wife, he manages to keep his clothes on.
The randomness he experiences leaves him slightly detached from that of his friends and family throughout his life but I guess viewing your death before it occurs may have that kind of effect on you.
Everything is predetermined and events in the future cannot be altered giving Pilgrim a heavy lesson in accepting the bad things in life and focussing moreso on the good.
The film is hard to categorise and IMDB has it nestled under five categories - namely comedy, drama, fantasy, sci-fi and war.
For a movie made in the 70's, it has definitely held up pretty well in terms of the entertainment value it provides.
Voyage Review: 3.5/5
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