First off, let me say that when it comes to movies, I’m probably about as picky as it gets. I don’t do frat humour, I don’t do stupid, check -your- brain- at- the-door action movies and I don’t do chick flicks.
I do however, enjoy a movie with a real story, a real plot and credible actors who deliver with no effort – and One Week delivers on all counts. As an added bonus, it is wonderfully Canadian to the last detail, from the Tim Hortons coffee roll up the rim reference, to a cameo by the Tragically Hip’s Gord Downie in a scene that I wish I got to shoot.Heck, I’d just love to sit and shoot the breeze with him! And, the soundtrack completely rocks !! Rarely do I do reviews of any kind here on the site, but this movie moved me so deeply that I really wanted to share it with all of you.
Ben Tyler( played by Joshua Jackson) is engaged to be married, stuck in an unsatisfying teaching job and generally just going with the flow when he is diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. There are only 4 stages.
Knowing that once he enters hospital for treatment he is unlikely to leave, he impulsively buys a vintage motorbike and leaves everything behind to take a grand adventure ride across Canada. What ensues is not only an epic trip ,but a discovery of himself and who he is to the core.
I won’t tell you anymore other than if this movie doesn’t awaken something inside of you, if you don’t feel some kind of wanderlust stirred up that was long buried, than you have either done everything you’ve ever wanted to do in life, or you haven’t got any passion. It’s something I keep forgetting, that you never know when your number is up, so you better damn well do it right the first time. What would you do if you only had one week left ? Me, it kind of scares me what comes to mind first… I’ll share if you do.
Check it out, and if you don’t like it as much as I did, I’ll send you some home grown zuchinni as a consolation prize. ( it’s really piling up around here…)
What are you waiting for ?
Go rent it now!
http://www.oneweek.ca/home – trailers, contest and other features.