Worth Watching: Trailer for Joseph Gordon-Levitt's 'Uncertainty'
by Alex Billington
October 13, 2009
I hadn't heard of this film before today, but it actually looks pretty good. Uncertainty is co-directed by Scott McGehee and David Siegel and stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt (from 500 Days of Summer), Lynn Collins (from Wolverine), and Olivia Thirlby (from Juno). That cast alone is enough to convince me to see this, but you have to check out the trailer as well. I can't tell if this is some sort of cell phone thriller, about a big turning point in their relationship, or about a girl trying to come out of the closet. I'm hoping it will all make more sense once I actually see it. Thanks to MSN for debuting the trailer today. You can check it out below.
Watch the first official trailer for McGehee & Siegel's Uncertainty from YouTube:
A young couple (played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Lynn Collins), in love and facing a life-changing decision, find one seemingly ordinary July 4th cleaved in two by the flip of a coin on the Brooklyn Bridge.
Uncertainty is both co-written and co-directed by Scott McGehee and David Siegel, who last directed the indie Bee Season as well as The Deep End and Suture before that. This first premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last year and was eventually picked up by IFC Films for US distribution. They are now bringing Uncertainty to both limited theaters and on VOD starting on November 13th this fall. Who's curious?
Taylor on Oct 13, 2009
Wow, so these look like 2 decent movies. Wait, what? That's only one movie?! Wtf, mate? Will definitely need to see more.
Scotty97 on Oct 13, 2009
So its obvious, to me at least, that the movie is showing us two people at a big turning point trying to decide what to do that day, what part of town to go to and what to do about the big thing that they have going on. The movie shows us at least possible outcomes for the same 2 character based on choices made sort of like 'sliding doors'.
bartc3 on Oct 13, 2009
"I can't tell if this is some sort of cell phone thriller, about a big turning point in their relationship, or about a girl trying to come out of the closet" "about a girl trying to come out of the closet" ...Doesn't look like that at all, looks like she's hiding that she's pregnant. On a side note, this looks interesting, aside from the pregnant drama stuff.
Oren on Oct 13, 2009
Oh bartc3, please don't talk about Sliding Doors...ewwwww. I would hate to see actors that I like get sucked into a suckfest like that. *shivers*
Scotty97 on Oct 13, 2009
Just IMDB it. It's on there. One of the comments from a person is this: "The reason why this film is so interesting is because of its structure. To help make a decision, a couple flips a coin, then two stories progress simultaneously. Each story shows us the outcome of a different coin-toss result. One story is a mystery/action film and the other shows us how the two characters interact in a dysfunctional family BBQ. Beautifully shot and performed. The film masterfully uses the coin-flip device and avoids being gimmicky – kudos!" So i guess the movie shows what would happen to the couple depending if the coin was heads/tails
Jdjz on Oct 13, 2009
gplongwood on Oct 13, 2009
It looked to me like Olivia Thirlby plays her sister, not her lover.
boriskat on Oct 13, 2009
jh on Oct 13, 2009
the "coin-flip" stuff seems kind of meh..........but the rest of it with the cell phone looks like a pretty good thriller.
beavis on Oct 13, 2009
Looks like it doesn't know whether it should be a thriller or a romance. Weird stuff. Personally, I did not like it.
David on Oct 13, 2009
JGL and Olivia Thirlby! count me in. Looks intriging to say the least. I know what you mean Alex about the closet comment, but Joseph clearly states "Your not showing" to his GF. So I agree w/Oren, it's a pregnancy.
theotherbluth on Oct 13, 2009
I really like JGL, but this looks kinda dumb
Antioch on Oct 13, 2009
DoomCanoe on Oct 13, 2009
looks lame maybe its bc i had hopes too high for it seeing jgl
jason k on Oct 13, 2009
This possibly could be an awesome movie...but that trailer like what in the fuck just happened.
Cody on Oct 13, 2009
im o so confused
mrmr on Oct 13, 2009
I'm not confused, but I am intrigued.
Collin on Oct 13, 2009
Definitely feels like two separate films - curious to see how they match in the end. hmmmm... Lynn Collins is hot
Nick Sears on Oct 13, 2009
I'm confused, but curious.
Sabes on Oct 13, 2009
kinda reminds me of "Sliding Doors" only with intrigue
Conrad on Oct 13, 2009
been done but whatev. Two different choices...ugh.
Tra la la la la di da on Oct 14, 2009
At one point in the trailer, JGL clearly says "Would we be people with a kid? Or would we be parents?" She's pregnant.
PeasantBurner on Oct 14, 2009
Reminds me of Run Lola Run. Interesting.
Johnny Neat on Oct 14, 2009
Sliding Doors -
Knawx on Oct 14, 2009
She is pregnant, he says "Would we be people with a kid? Or would we be parents?" and she also says "it's been 11 weeks" (i'm guessing thats how far gone she is) and theres another point when he says "Your not showing, i can't tell" when she is fretting about lying to her parents/loved ones. Alex, how the fuck did you get she was a lesbian from the trailer, it's obvious she's up the duff (pregnant). oh dear. the film looks really good though i'd be interested to see it on its release.
ross on Oct 14, 2009
I'd check this out... and as far as the Comment from PeasantBurner.... Do you know how some people have kids but are terrible parents? I think he was touching on something similar to that. Some people have kids and love their kids and some people are just people with kids... Nicely said.
Eman on Oct 14, 2009
May be pregnant, but she sure can run -- and looks good doing it! im only a little confused, but otherwise agree with Collin.
FW on Oct 14, 2009
looks interesting. anyone know the music in trailer?
M on Oct 14, 2009
Joseph Gordon Levitt is going to be the next leonardo dicaprio.........
Raygun on Oct 14, 2009
Since when did that Joker start imitating Two-face?
AprilCoolsDay on Oct 15, 2009
Joseph still looks 12 years old to me.
raquelswell on Oct 15, 2009
And terrible trailer too.
raquelswell on Oct 15, 2009
Yo dawg, we heard you like movies so we put a movie in yo movie so you can watch while you watch!
teamsolovictory on Oct 20, 2009
well i am certain that this looks like a piece o crap
nocsyn on Oct 26, 2009
POS ideas with POS actors...go figure.
Cutty Sark on Nov 2, 2009
This was the worst movie I've seen in years. Boring, nonsensical, illogical, meandering, ridiculous, stupid. Horrible script, terrible direction, even Joseph Gordon-Levitt only sometimes manages to act well and sometimes does not. His co-star... does not. The writers and directors are either completely inept or lazy and clueless. The movie -looks- terrible, badly shot. At one point, Gordon-Levitt's character says, "Look at what's behind you," and it's completely black at that point. Nothingness is behind her. The cameraperson zooms out and tries to show us something pretty... we see some lights lit in buildings... and some messy camerawork that should have been edited out. According to the filmmakers and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, the movie was written in "3, 4 months", it's much shorter than a typical script, there wasn't a lot of rehearsal of the actual script, and there was a lot of improvisation. Maybe all of this would be a way to a swell movie in more talented hands, with an actual idea. The majority of the movie is spent in fillerland, spent at a July 4th party at the girl's house, hanging out for no real reason, talking with her family, playing with a dog.
Jack on Dec 12, 2009
I'm not AS negative about the movie as ^Jack^ is, but it really was a debacle from the get go. It's two separate movies trying to be one "indie" movie. Upon a repeat watch, I can certainly see where the "correlations" are between the decisions to be made, but there's not enough connection(..one...line) between the two stories. The two stories felt more disparate than the two they crammed into "The Majestic". Solid acting from both JGL and Lynn Collins(looking 2 decades younger than she did in Wolverine). The cinematography was at times absolutely stunning in the very divisive use of color(you'll see) and in the landscaped shots. At times it was also completely confusing, blurred, poor angles and bad composition. That may have been the intention of the filmmakers, to show the rugged edges and heart-pounding pace, but it was overused like a student film. I didn't get convulsions like I did from Cloverfield, though. Worth a watch, if you like the actors. Honestly, either film would have been a solid release even at the shorter lengths. The fact that they were supposed to(and I guess kinda did) tie together left me waiting throughout the whole film for the revelation that would bring both world's together and make the lead-in worthwhile. When there was so little resolution to the connection between the two, it leads me to believe that maybe the director was trying to cast his own moral beliefs on to the characters, like one big decision could ruin their lives(hint: it involves pregnancy) or lead to familial bliss. 2.5 out of 5
Scotty97 on Jan 22, 2010
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