Safe Passage

Safe Passage

Director: Robert Allan Ackerman Cast: Susan Sarandon, Sam Shepard, Robert Sean Leonard


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Safe Passage 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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I love this movie, and I have for years. This is the story of a woman who, drawn to strange psychic superstitions which help her cope, discovers that the children whom she is losing through their maturity return to her when it really counts, drawing together to resolve the conflicts that drove them all apart. Mag has the power to tell the future with her dreams, and this movie begins with a dream predicting disaster, so when she awakens she calls up all of her sons and finds they're okay, except for Percival the soldier. When someone turns on the news, it's revealed that, in a counter-strike, Percival's combat unit may have all been killed in an explosion. As Mag grows older and faces life alone with only youngest child Simon, who is equally psychically superstitious but in even darker ways (putting a stop to a family fight by cutting himself on purpose with a knife) she finds herself malcontent with the shaft she's had in life. Her husband, some kind of inventor with convinent blindness, has left her and her children are growing up. Alfred, the eldest, has clearly taken after Mag but in a far more sensible way. He is engaged to a psychologist with two children of her own, Cynthia I think. The scenes where she and Mag have a chance to talk are some of the best, and most revealing, in the movie. Izzy is the brilliant one, some type of biologist who favors his father over his mother, even though the father doesn't give a damn about him. The annoying twins, Merle and Darrin, are in college now and their trying to develop into different people, but they never quite manage to, especially since their pairing is frequently emphasized in the family dynamic. Gideon, who only wanted to be part of the family, just as Izzy wished to, managed to link to his brother, Percival, again enduring the exclusion of their father. Gideon followed Percival and surpassed him because Gideon never quit. One of the best scenes in the movie is when Gideon forces the father to look back at how he handled the boys by telling him off. But Gideon's will is now sapped, because he fears that by besting Percival, he has driven him off. This is the basis for the conflict with the father, who refuses to accept imperfection. Percival is the primary matter of the family, for in the Islamic counter-strike, Percival, who has joined the army when he lost to Gideon at a race, (seemingly the last straw) could possibly be one of the men who was slain in the explosion. Is he alive, or not? That is the strict underpinning of the film, and the tension.