Richard Gere emerged as one of Hollywood's in-demand leading men in the 1980s and '90s, with films like An Officer and a Gentleman and Pretty Woman. He's continued to do fine work in the 21st century, with roles in such films as the Best Picture Oscar-winning Chicago and, most recently, The Second Best Marigold Hotel. However, the actor's newest project may offer his best performance in some time.
Said film, Time Out of Mind, follows the struggles of a homeless man named George (Gere) and his daily pursuit of food and a place to sleep. Along the way, he meets a former musician (Ben Vereen) who encourages him to reach out to his estranged daughter (The Hunger Games' Jena Malone), for help in getting back on his feet.
IFC Films has given us a new trailer for the film, and by the looks of it, Time Out of Mind is a character study through and through. The film's plot doesn't appear to be much more complicated than what is described above, with Gere's raw, heart-wrenching performance as the indisputable highlight. The damaged relationship between father and daughter does call to mind something like Darren Aronofsky's The Wrestler, as that film is also largely centered on a lost soul's desperate last hope for salvation.
Writer/director Oren Moverman - who previously delivered the bad cop drama Rampart and the 2009 indie favorite The Messenger - clearly intends for Time Out of Mind to be a stark portrayal of a lifestyle that many citizens are forced to turn to. Every shot from this footage is so artfully captured that the film (costarring such character actors as Kyra Sedgwick and Steve Buscemi) could very well earn just as much praise for its cinematography as Gere's performance, by the look of the trailer footage.
That being said, the film's success (as a snapshot of what it's like to live on the streets) will depend on how much the writing and the story at hand ring true. When it comes down to it, this is a fictional account of a homeless man's life; so there is a risk that Time Out of Mind could come across as exploitative, though it's far too soon to make that call. In the meantime, the film does demonstrate a lot of promise from this trailer alone.
Will you be checking out Time Out of Mind when it is released this fall? Sound off in the comments section with your thoughts.
Time Out of Mind opens in U.S. theaters on September 11th, 2015.
Source: IFC Films