Somewhere going nowhere

Somewhere going nowhere


Somewhere DVD_L
Photo: Merrick Morton
What would you do if you could live in a luxury hotel suite, drive around in a hot car and no longer worry about money?

Somewhere tells the story of Johnny Marco (Stephen Dorff), a Hollywood actor who has all of the above. He has been drifting aimlessly through life; then his 11-year-old daughter Cleo (Elle Fanning) from his failed marriage arrives unexpectedly at the hotel.

An actor whose career is going nowhere, stuck in a hotel - sound familiar? In many ways, Somewhere does resemble director Sofia Coppola's earlier work Lost in Translation with Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson.

But those expecting Somewhere to be a Lost in Translation redux will be disappointed. Johnny is a shallow character who does little more than indulge himself in beer and drugs. And Stephen Dorff's charm bears no comparison to Murray in Lost.

And while Cleo is adorable, it is unfair to expect her to carry a whole film on her shoulders.

Nevertheless, the soundtrack, featuring New York rock band The Strokes, makes for some touching and memorable moments.

Somewhere may not be something I would revisit but I am still curious what Coppola will bring us next.

Contains mature content

YP Rating: 3/5

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