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Land Of Plenty (2005)


Picture: C+     Sound: C+     Extras: C+     Film: C+



There is this strange idea circling director Wim Wenders that as a filmmaker and artist, he sees things in U.S. better than U.S. citizens do.  Maybe he gets lucky and sees some things but for the most part, this is false, especially since plenty of U.S. critics, filmmakers and writers see the same things possibly attributed to him and better.  Made during a production delay, Wenders’ Land Of Plenty (2005) attempts to look at anxiety among the poor and police in a fictional account of the two-year point of 9/11 in Los Angeles.


Michelle Williams is Lana, a young lady who must deal with a police father (John Diehl) too far to the Right for his own good.  She is trying to help at a homeless shelter that has a soup kitchen, while he thinks he is onto an Islamic Terrorist.  The film has some good moments and it is actually not as pretentious as Wenders usual narrative films, but it just never gels.  Yes, he is observant about some aspects of our society, but things like the Right Wing Radio Talk Show host don’t ring accurate, even when they are true.  The one here is far too nice and not angry enough to be recognized.  Burt Young and Gloria Stewart also star in a 124 minutes long piece that may run on a bit.


The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 x 1 image was obviously shot in digital (1080i HD?) being soft and detail challenged throughout, with limited colors.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo is front heavy and in Pro Logic mode, you get few surrounds and cramped dialogue.  Extras include eight deleted scenes of mixed quality (they had to cut somewhere), a making of featurette and yet another Wenders commentary.  You can read more about Wenders at the following link:



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