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  • Summary: Stranded after an accident outside a desolate town, Jimmy Starks (Pearce) visits a fortune teller (Simmons) to pass the time, but soon learns that his days are numbered. At first skeptical, Jimmy's world begins to unravel as the psychic's visions come true. (Yari Film Group)
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  1. Positive: 14 out of 22
  2. Negative: 1 out of 22
  1. First Snow is essentially a short story with a metaphysical twist, but Pearce puts his fears more up front than any actor I can think of.
  2. 75
    Knowledge is not always a good thing and observing how one individual handles this unusual fantasy-tinged situation provides enough compelling drama to make Mark Fergus' debut feature a source of suspense, intrigue, and philosophical musing.
  3. Movies like First Snow rise or fall on characters and atmosphere, and Fergus gets them both. But though the story's resolution does have irony and even a certain power, it lacks the charge, the Serlingesque "gotcha," that it needs.
  4. Reviewed by: Kamal AL-Solaylee
    63
    First Snow is, above all else, one man's particular journey. Pearce is a valid and compelling guide but he can't carry the full load of the movie's excess baggage. For the movie to completely resonate it has to strike the spiritual-angst note through his performance. Pearce comes close but no ... well, you know.
  5. 63
    Fergus' thriller benefits from Pearce's high-strung performance and the stark New Mexico landscapes, but the story is familiar and the pacing much too measured for a slight tale of ineluctable fate.
  6. A neo-noir thriller long on atmosphere and short on production values.
  7. 33
    Pearce is usually dependable, but here, he's utterly unconvincing as a slick phony, and the film peddles a bogus bill of goods in kind.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. CraigP.
    Apr 30, 2007
    7
    A great film about destiny and death with a wonderful performance by Guy Pearce.
  2. KenG
    Apr 18, 2007
    7
    They pretty much could have made the same movie without the fortune-telling stuff, but this is an intriguing, claustrophobic study of a man becoming obsessed that someone is out to kill him, and the effect that this has on him. Collapse
  3. ChadS.
    Apr 14, 2007
    4
    If Christopher Walken sees the future (as he did in "The Dead Zone"), there's going to be music; there's going to be ham. Awards aren't handed out to filmic dreck such as "Final Destination 3", or the more recent "The Number 23" (b-movie thrillers about fate and predestination), so when a fortune teller (J.K. Simmons) intuits destiny in the form of a dirt nap for his customer (Guy Pearce), Vacaro displays your usual convulsions which normally accompanies the discovery that a customer's allotment of time is finite and fast-approaching, but "First Snow" treats this paranormal occurence as if Jimmy was in for a routine check-up. The oncoming tragedy that's implied in the fortune teller's body language is played out in silence. We're in "the real world", a genreless diegesis, the filmmaker is saying. "First Snow" should be a road movie, or take-a-plane-to-some-country-near-the-equator-movie, but Jimmy, faced with the titular phenomena of nature, induces cabin fever instead. I don't know, sometimes dreck can be fun. "First Snow" is an existential bore (but speculating about the nature of Jimmy's narration will make for a lively post-movie discussion). Give me the cheap thrills of the underrated "Final Destination 3" instead, please. Expand
  4. Jun 12, 2011
    4
    This movie was just nothing. It wasn't so bad that it was fun to make fun of but it wasn't good enough for me to actually recommend it to anybody. The acting was solid and it did a good job of building it's self up to the climax. But the issue was that by the time you get to the climax you just don't care. The main character just isn't likable and the rest of the cast just isn't worth caring about. If you get the chance to watch this movie for free then you might watch it but otherwise avoid it. please read a longer review of this and other movies at http://moviegrabbag.blogspot.com/ Expand

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