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Review: 'People Like Us,' a drama in action style

June 28, 2012 • Entertainment


This film image released by Disney/Dreamworks II shows Chris Pine, left, and Michelle Pfeiffer in a scene from “People Like Us.” (AP Photo/Disney-DreamWorks II, Zade Rosenthal)

NEW YORK (AP) — “People Like Us” is that increasingly rare kind of film: an adult drama. The filmmakers seem so nervous about this prospect that they fill the movie with action-film editing and a camera that moves so restlessly through domestic life that you’d think it lost its keys.

At one point, I was sure the dramatic opening of a door was going to reveal a Klingon, not complicated memories of a deceased parent.

That’s not a coincidence: “People Like Us” is directed by Alex Kurtzman, who co-wrote the script with Roberto Orci (along with Jody Lambert). Kurtzman and Orci are the same duo that wrote the 2009 “Star Trek” reboot, as well as the blockbusters “Mission: Impossible III” and “Transformers,” and the TV series “Alias” and “Fringe.”

If, in their knack for suspense, they imbue “People Like Us” with impatience, they also keep it entertaining, rendering a familiar, heart-rending Login to read more

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