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I think what made Amelia Earhart more interesting than most of the other historical figures I learned about in school was the mystery behind her disappearance. She was an enigma. Hilary Swank is the same way. She seems to appear every couple of years, give an amazing performance, and win an Oscar. I was hoping that the combination of these two fascinating women would result in a film that was just as interesting. Unfortunately, all I got was a by the numbers biopic. Directed at a snails pace by Mira Nair, the film is almost too reverential to its subject. The writers hit all of the important points of Earhart's life, but never delve any deeper than the superficial. Even worse, they take this larger than life character and do something I never thought would be possible: make her boring. While the film does have some interesting stories to tell (including her possible affair with pilot Gene Vidal), most of the movie sticks to standard biopic cliches. Swank does the best she can, but there's not much she can do with this underwritten role. One day, someone may write a film about Amelia Earhart that marries the excitement of her life with great storytelling. Until the, I'd rather she remain a mystery.
Let's see, how many movie-review cliches can we throw at this disaster? How about; "this movie never got off the ground"? How about; "This film developed engine trouble somewhere over an ocean of sleeping audience members"? Oh, never mind!
If movie disasters had a "Black Box", this one would reveal that Captain Mira Nair and her co-pilot Hillary Swank were so busy having girly-fun, they failed to come up with a flight-plan. Who needs Al Qaeda when you got these girls flying their passenger-jet into the side of the Twin Towers of common sense?
Hillary Swank's once promising career now seems to have caught fire and can be currently seen spiraling out of control at a theater near you. Much like Amelia Earhart, we won't get to see Hillary Swank grow old if she keeps trying to fly turkeys!
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