Opinion: “The Ticket” (2017)

A man regains his vision, after being blind. With this new sense, he feels better of himself, and practically evolves into an asshole for the rest of the film; he leaves his wife for a collegue, buys an expensive car…

The film was directed by Ido Fluk in a visually fine way, but in other ways lesser good. The shots looked nice, with some good use of shadow. They also play around with the use of focus and lighting, which really fits the film. The color grading was nice and it reminded me quite a lot of the film Demolition, staring Jake Gyllenhaal. It did make sense that the film would look very good, because the main character is able to see again, so the world must look gorgeous to him. The film really nailed doing that. I liked what they did in the beginning of the film: they put is in complete darkness, with only the voices of characters in the background. From that moment we know that we’re seeing things from the perspective of Dan Stevens’ character: blind. But slowly the light starts to come through the iris of Stevens, and we feel how he regains his sight. They really sold me on that opening. What the director tried to do was to give the film a deeper meaning, which I thoroughly understand. It’s an independent film and it wants to draw attention, so why not do it by making the film a bit odd, and by having it have a deeper meaning.  This deeper meaning though, wasn’t as deep as it wants to be. It’s pretty obvious from the get-go, namely: when man is granted something big, it’s doomed to fail.

Dan Stevens and Skylar Gaertner in “The Ticket” – 2017

The film also does get boring pretty fast. The way characters speak in a very soft manner, the soft colors and the slow soundtrack all made the film feel longer than it was and made it feel very boring.
Another problem I have is that they could’ve explored the regaining of sight a bit more, whereas now they pretty much glance over it pretty fast and it is only brought up to create some tension between two characters or when the plot needs it too. There was much more to discover with this interesting idea, which the movie just glances over.
The acting wasn’t a flaw, though. Dan Stevens has proven since 2014 in The Guest that he’s a wonderful actor. Since then he’s only been growing. This year he was phenomenal in Legion and in this film to he really sold it. The kid actor too was pretty good, just not as good as Dan Stevens, as he overshadows quite a lot of the cast. Someone else who was pretty good is Oliver Platt, who played the blind friend of James (Dan Stevens).

Oliver Platt and Malin Akerman in “The Ticket” – 2017

The main premise was pretty good, but as said before, not well enough explored, and this problem mostly lies within the screenplay, also written by Ido Fluk . Overall I found this to be ok, but the motivation for James to turn into a self-obsessed, egocentric asshole isn’t really there. It basically comes out of the blue and happens really fast. Due to this I didn’t like him a lot, and would’ve liked him more if they’d shown more of his time before he regained his vision, because now we only know him as someone who quickly evolved into an asshole. And due to this it was also harder to connect with the story, as I couldn’t understand the character’s motivation. I do like that they want to develop his character, which they do well at other points in the film, just the transaction from what seems to be nice, to a complete douchebag after he gained his sight, was too abrupt and felt a bit out of place.

The Ticket was just an ok independent film who wants to be much more than it can be. The excellent acting and the beautiful cinematography really help to carry the film, but the character motivation was lacking. That’s why this film gets a C+.

Images via: IMDb

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