Movie Review: The Words

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Movie Review: The Words

Logan S. , Bonney Lake, Writer

This movie, released in 2012, is currently available on Amazon Prime Video Streaming. In the movie, Rory Jensen, played by Bradley Cooper, is a writer who lives with his wife, played by Zoe Saldana. Rory finds a book that was written and never published, about a man’s tragic life in Paris after WWII. He decides to publish the book as his own and immediately his life is permanently changed. Rory is a respected writer, his wife and father are proud of him, he has money and his other books will now be published. But the story of Rory’s life is also being told as a book written by an older author, played by Dennis Quaid. And in the middle of Rory’s story he meets the true author of the book he stole and published. The movie leaves the audience waiting and wanting to know how each story will eventually connect together.

This movie is one hour and thirty-seven minutes long and is rated PG-13 due to brief strong language and smoking. The website IMDb lists a 7.1 out of ten star rating from over sixty thousand reviews on their website. Other well known cast members include J. K. Simmons, as Mr. Jensen (Rory’s father); and Olivia Wilde, who spends an evening talking to Dennis Quaid’s character, Clay Hammond. The movie was filmed in Montreal, Canada due to the need for scenes that looked like both New York City and Paris.

After the movie was released, some European newspapers wrote about the movie’s similarity to the book Lila Lila written by Martin Suter and published in 2004, and the German movie adaptation titled Lila, Lila (released in 2009). 

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