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Everything is Illuminated - 4 out of 5
A wonderful little film that starts off kind of quirky and fun but evolves to a point where it actually becomes quite emotional. But that was NOT a bad thing as the progression is very natural and organic.
Big kudos to Liev Schreiber (X-Men Origins: Wolverine) as he got behind the camera and took the helm as director. He had a terrific eye and delivered this story about a young Jew (Elijah Wood) who goes out seeking the woman who saved his grandfather during the 2nd great war. Schreiber also helped write the film but his talent for directing was quite remarkable--so much so, that I am shocked he hasn't directed another film since this one came out in 2005.
When you combine Schreiber's seemingly natural talent behind the camera with a fantastic cast and a deep story, you find yourself immersed in a very engaging, philosophical film that showcases both the light and darkness of human beings and the world we live in. I really enjoyed this film because it was one of those rare cases where you, the viewer, actually feel something while watching the movie rather than just react to what you are seeing. If you have the opportunity to witness this one, I highly recommend it.