'On a Clear Day'
It's just not a very good one.
Oh, it has the required helping of uplift, with its tale of a laid-off Glaswegian shipyard worker (
Basically, it's the usual follow-your-dream formula, but even formulas can pay off now and then. "On a Clear Day" might have worked - or, at the very least, seemed a little less obvious - if first-time screenwriter Alex Rose had shaped its manipulative arcs with a modicum of grace, or if director Gaby Dellal direction had let the actors give their characters something close to a personality.
But no one made the effort. "On a Clear Day" is a movie built out of cliches, for people who, it's assumed, want to see nothing but cliches. And as much as I hate to say it, the whole thing went south when they cast Peter Mullan in the lead.
Mullan is a magnificent actor -- and he played a similar part to perfection for
It does add an unexpected edge to the proceedings, at first ... but then you realize the movie isn't using his performance. It just doesn't care what he does, as long as he stays out of the way.
Universal's enhanced-widescreen disc has no extras whatsoever, which is a bit odd ... at the very least, you'd think a movie like this would come with a
STUDIO: Universal Studios Home Entertainment
RELEASE DATE: July 11, 2006
TIME: 99 minutes
DVD EXTRAS: English, French and Spanish subtitles.
INTERNET SITE: www.iconmovies.co.uk/onaclearday