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Changing Lanes

Changing Lanes

Unlike the teasers you see on television and before other films, Changing Lanes is more than a film about two men in a car crash and revenge.  Much like Fight Club or the current Frailty, this film has more to do with the condition of mankind and human souls.

Staring Samuel L. Jackson and Ben Affleck, Changing Lanes follows the course of events triggered by a simple traffic accident.  Affleck's character Gavin Banek actually runs Jackson's character Doyle Gipson into a the guard rails and destroys his car.

This dual is between an $80,000 plus Mercedes and a $1500 old Toyota sedan.  These cars represent these character in that Gavin is a rich, powerful and handsome man driving a car few will ever afford and feeling like the world is his to take (or buy), while Doyle is like so many of us, doing what we can to get by and move a little further toward the top of the preverbal food chain.  Doyle is a man of explosive temper and a recovering alcoholic who simply wants to follow the teachings of Alcoholics Anonymous and do the right thing after the accident.

The tale begins here.  Gavin is late for court and wants to just write a check and make the problem, Doyle, and the accident disappear like he has for so many other problems in his past.  Doyle insists on exchanging insurance information and as a result ends up with a file left behind by Gavin that is crucial to a court case Gavin is now late for.  Gavin leaves Doyle behind with the comment of "better luck next time."  Irate, Doyle also headed to court, arrives late only to find out that this incident has, in his eyes, destroyed his life.

Doing his best to move past his pervious life of alcohol and anger, Doyle has managed to get approved to by a small house for his estranged wife and two children.  It is this news that he needs to get to court with to prevent his wife from moving across the country.  His tardiness due to the accident prevents him from being heard by the judge and his case is lost.

Gavin does not do much better in his case at the same court house, as the file that he left with Doyle is the cornerstone for the judge to rule on.  Leaving the court with only hours to produce the documents contained in the lost folders Gavin returns to the legal firm only to end up lying to the president who happens to be his father in-law about winning the case while trying to cover his own ass.

It is at this point that both Gavin and Doyle begin to torment each other, leading to the climax.  You'll see Doyle fax a page to Gavin with "better luck next time" on it.  You'll see Gavin ruin Doyle's credit rating and even more of his life.  Doyle will cause Gavin to crash his car.  And ultimately, you'll see both characters recognize the big picture and move on with their lives and take new directions that have significance.

See the film and you'll know the ads were not representative of the quality of this story.

 
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