Speed Of Life

Overview

A young man is torn between responsibilities to his family, his intellectual and professional ambitions, and the temptations of easy money and casual pleasures in the downbeat drama Saturn. Drew (played by Scott Caan) is a college student trying to stay focused on his studies so he can realize his dream of becoming an engineer. But he's also been handed the responsibility of caring for his elderly father (Leo Burmester), who is suffering from an advanced case of Alzheimer's Syndrome. Drew must feed his father -- ...
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Overview

A young man is torn between responsibilities to his family, his intellectual and professional ambitions, and the temptations of easy money and casual pleasures in the downbeat drama Saturn. Drew (played by Scott Caan) is a college student trying to stay focused on his studies so he can realize his dream of becoming an engineer. But he's also been handed the responsibility of caring for his elderly father (Leo Burmester), who is suffering from an advanced case of Alzheimer's Syndrome. Drew must feed his father -- who can only speak with great difficulty -- bathe him, and change his diapers. The burden puts a great strain on Drew, who has a hard time resisting the offers from his old friend Arturo (Anthony Ruivivar) to join him in his profitable, if dangerous, life as a drug dealer. The temptations are only magnified by Drew's relationship with Sara (Mia Kirshner), a girl who lives for physical pleasure; Drew scores drugs from Arturo for her and, in exchange, she offers him kinky sex, but not love. Saturn was the debut feature from writer/director Rob Schmidt, and the dark, but compelling, story won a respectful response in its screening at the 1999 Los Angeles Independent Film Festival.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Trailer; Interactive menus; Scene index; 16x9 Widescreen; 5.1 Dolby digital; English & Spanish subtitles
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
It's a long, long 94 minutes. There's nothing inherently wrong with cinematic character studies -- John Cassavetes managed to make a few that were intriguing -- but when the momentum of the movie depends on the central character to drive it, the audience requires emotional attachment to see it to the end. That attachment is sorely lacking. This dark, bleak drama offers little uplift, which would be fine if it signaled some sort of redemption or relief, but it doesn't. Worse, the momentum stalls to the point of weariness, with several scenes adding nothing to the whole. Considered as a showcase for Scott Caan, who is convincing in the role of the spiritually torn renegade who is saddled with the responsibility of taking care of his father's every need, Speed of Life (formerly Saturn during a brief theatrical exposure) gives him ample opportunity to present his range, and he acquits himself well. Otherwise, there's little point to the proceedings.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/17/2002
  • UPC: 658149807129
  • Original Release: 1999
  • Rating:

  • Source: Lions Gate
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Time: 1:35:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 97,376

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Scott Caan Drew
Leo Burmeister Dad
Mia Kirshner Sara
Anthony Ruivivar Arturo
Technical Credits
Rob Schmidt Director, Screenwriter
Ken Ishii Sound/Sound Designer
Matthew J. Libatique Cinematographer
Susan Shopmaker Casting
Eric Watson Executive Producer
Lora Zuckerman Co-producer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Remember [4:03]
2. Abnormal Psyche [4:04]
3. Wrong Drug [2:50]
4. Cruiser [3:26]
5. Scoring [2:48]
6. Eligible Girl [5:19]
7. TV Viewer [3:42]
8. Tired [3:31]
9. Ride [4:22]
10. Night Out [4:13]
11. Butterfly [3:52]
12. Tied Down [4:02]
13. Home [3:56]
14. On Edge [4:00]
15. Pulled Over [3:29]
16. Can't Swing It [5:18]
17. Delivery [5:09]
18. Show and Tell [4:20]
19. Outing [3:48]
20. Three's A Crowd [3:24]
21. Decision [3:19]
22. Comfort [3:20]
23. Under A Rock [3:39]
24. End Credits [4:53]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Scene Selection
   Subtitles
      English: On
      English: Off
      Spanish: On
      Spanish: Off
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