Arriving on Blu-ray this week is drama “The Ticket”, starring Dan Stevens, Malin Akerman, Oliver Platt, and written/directed by Ido Fluk. This is a film that is beautifully shot and features strong performances from everyone involved. It also tells a very interesting story about a man who doesn’t become truly blind until he regains his vision. These are all strong elements. With all the positives, how come “The Ticket” feels mostly like a negative?
James (Stevens) and his wife Sam (Akerman) live a pretty simple life with their son. James, a blind man who works for a real estate company spends his days at work on the phone with customers. By his side is his best friend Bob (Platt), who is also blind. Despite not being able to see, they live what seems like normal lives. When James inexplicably regains his sight, he becomes determined to improve on himself and his way of life. This includes getting promoted at work, buying new suites and even a new car. Unfortunately, it’s not just James outer shell that is changing but also his attitude towards the people in his life. The more successful he gets, the further away he pushes the people who love him.
Fluk know’s how to create a beautiful landscape for is story, but “The Ticket” is incredibly dull. Stevens who I am a fan of from “The Guest, and “Legion” gives another A+ performance here but “The Ticket” was way too heavy-handed and predictable to hold my interest.
- Audio Commentary By Writer/Director Ido Fluk And Writer Sharon Mashihi
- Original Theatrical Trailer
By: Marc Ferman