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Hearts in Atlantis
A mysterious man (played by Anthony Hopkins) befriends a young boy, bringing magic and mystery to the last summer of the boy's childhood.

Starring Anthony Hopkins, Hope Davis, Anton Yelchin

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Sep 30, 2001
Anthony Hopkins shows that he is still one of the greatest actors out there with this one. He gives a lowkey, mannered performance, playing a mysterious old man who meets an 11-year-old boy and changes his life forever. It's coming-of-age story set in Small Town, USA during the Red Scare. The child actor who plays the lead role reminded me alot of Fred Savage in "The Wonder Years."

"Hearts in at Atlantis" is funny, touching, and at times suspensful (it is an adaptation of a Stephen King story, after all). It doesn't drag on forever, as too many "prestige" movies do. All in all, this is far-and-away the best movie I have seen in the theaters this year.
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Oct 1, 2001
I left this film wondering, “Did I miss something?”. So much of it didn’t even need to be there. They had plot lines left hanging all over the place that really never even needed to be started in the first place.

First there was the initial scene with the baseball glove. All it was there for was to tie into a character from the past that played absolutely no critical role in the film. They could have left out the entire first fifteen minutes and just started in 1960’s. Then the real flashback scene is triggered by the thought of another dead friend, but later there is no real mention of the significance of her death to the plot of the film.

The central story was so subtle, that it took nearly two thirds of the total running time to even broach the aspect that the “mysterious” character was even some kind of psychic. Then the weird way they generated the fear for him, without any real reason for why he was hiding in the first place, left me wondering if that may have been a better story to begin with.

All in all, I think they tried to do too much with the short amount of time they had to do it in, and they never really got any of it finished properly. It left me wondering, what was so special about this little moment in time that someone felt they needed to make a film about it.
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Oct 5, 2001
I have to agree with Mike on this one. A group of us went to see this movie and all walked out wondering..."Did I miss something?"

Hopkins was wonderful and of course the kids were great too. But, besides a coming of age movie (and a rather heart-felt picture)...what was the point? You were almost teased by many of the scenes because you think.."Ohhh..that will be important later on.." or most importantly.."I can't wait to find out the answers to all the "why" questions." But, you never get the answers.

If you like to debate movies with friends..and come up with your own reasons and answers...this movie is for you.
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Oct 6, 2001
This is Stephen King novel/NOW movie, called "Hearts in Atlantis"

Anthony Hopkins is a warm hearted man living in the upper part of a house where 11 year old Bobby and his single Mother lives. The movie takes place in the summer of 1960 with the music of the era and the cars, etc..

Anthony Hopkins (Ted) can read minds and he is wanted by 'low men' who want to use his ability for spying...So Ted is like on the run from these men and young ll year old Bobby (he play the part perfectly)are a team and help each other...

Ted creates the occasion that reveals to Bobby that his deceased Dad was a kind considerate man who "never added to the troubles of the world" despite the fact that his Mother made his Dad out to be such a total failure!

Ted is able to go into this 'limbo' state and see into the future. He is able to miminize Bobby and his friend, Carol (also 11 years old) alot of dire experiances.) He also predicts that Bobby will kiss Carol on the ferris wheel and that will be the kiss "where all others kisses will be judged from" (very touching moment)

Ted tells Bobby, on so many occassions "that wishing for something cannot make it so" and that we all need to remember that we are all just "passing through."

I loved this movie, "Hearts in Atlantis" I give it ***1/2 out of **** stars

This movie takes the theme of ESP and show how natural it is to have it!

Ted tell Bobby that he wouldn't of missed a minute of his life for all of
the world despite his ESP gift..
Oct 24, 2001
"Hearts of Atlantis" has plenty of that to go around. It's a story of a strange man (played by Athony Hopkins) on the run from the mob, befriended a young boy who discovered that he has a special gift. That's nothing unusual. In "The Green Mile," Tom Hanks played the prison guard, who befriended a gentle giant with special powers, who been accussed of murder.

Well, "Hearts of Atlantis" follows the same storyline, but the film gains strength in it's chemistry betwen Hopkins and the boy who can understand where he came from. This film which is based on a Stephen King story is a coming of age tale, just like the 1986 film "Stand By Me," another movie based on a King story.

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