FORCES OF NATURE: DVD
Groom-to-be Ben Holmes (Ben Affleck) is at his bachelor party, surrounded by friends and
family whooping over his "last night of freedom." Ben loves his fiancee Bridget
(Maura Tierney), but the doom-and-gloom pronouncements of everyone around him have him
questioning the meaning of this 'till death do us part business. Then, on an ill-fated
flight from New York to his wedding in Savannah, Ben meets Sarah Lewis (Sandra Bullock), a
free-spirited woman with a string of failed careers and relationships behind her. As
transportation troubles thwart them at every turn, Ben and Sarah begin a three-day
southward journey in which their connection grows ever stronger, Ben seeing in Sarah the
chances he's never taken and Sarah seeing in Ben the stability she's never had.
What’s he gonna do…?
"Uplifting and high in energy, Forces of Nature is a slick and delightful romantic
comedy of errors with a taut script and charismatic performances. Much of the charm of the
film comes from the yin yan relationship between the two leads. Sandra Bullock dazzles us
in a showy role that displays all her talents; she is the clown the tease, the adventurer,
the sorceress. But throughout, we believe her every emotion. Ben Affleck contrasts nicely
as the ever conservative, nice all-American boy who is keen to do everything by the book.
But when Ben Meets Sarah … everything changes. Ben's life takes a sharp left turn,
he seizes the moment and the two embark on a chaotic adventure flooded with mishaps. From
plane crash, hurricane, hail storm, a trip to gaol to perhaps the greatest obstacle of all
– love – we are there for the distance. Affleck is beautifully cast. He looks so
uncomfortable in the opening bucks party sequence, as the stripper invites him to pop her
balloons. But by the time he does a strip of his own – well, he has come a long way.
Bullock is so darn likeable… we are mesmerized.
Chaos follows Sarah, says director Bronwen Hughes in the behind-the-scenes featurette
which gives an insight into the making of the film. Hughes talks about the mishaps, the
adventures and how weather played a large part in the look of the film. "Emotions are
the eye of the storm," she says. "We wanted the weather effects to be
beautiful." You can check out the deleted scenes (includes unseen footage from the
bucks party and on the bus), watch the trailer or read up on the production notes.
navigation is simple, the 16:9 anamorphic widescreen picture and sound quality is superb,
and there's a choice of English or German language, or view subtitles in one of six
languages. The special features are lightweight, but the value of this DVD is in the film
itself, which is simply irresistible."
Published April 5, 2001
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FORCES OF NATURE (M15+) (US)
CAST: Sandra Bullock, Ben Affleck, Maura Tierney, Steve Zahn, Blythe Danner, Ronny Cox
DIRECTOR: Bronwen Hughes
RUNNING TIME: 106 minutes
DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Universal Pictures Video
DVD RELEASE: February 8, 2001
* Behind the Scenes Featurette
* Deleted Scenes
* Theatrical Trailer
* 4 Page Booklet with Production Notes
* Languages: English, German
* Subtitles: English, German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish