Gus Van Sant returned to his roots in experimental filmmaking with this offbeat feature, whose dialogue was entirely improvised by its two person cast. Two men named Gerry (played by Matt Damon and Casey Affleck) are driving through the desert regions of Death Valley, traveling towards an unknown destination. They pull over and set out on foot, presuming they're getting close to what they've come to find. Before long, Gerry and Gerry are both lost in an unforgiving desert without food, water, or other provisions, and the harder they try to find their way back to their car, they only dig themselves deeper and deeper into the desert. Gus Van Sant originally began shooting Gerry in Argentina, but was soon dissatisfied with the weather and the terrain, opting to start over in California and Utah; the film premiered at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
This movie was not meant for the typical American Fast-Food audience that needs constant stimulation and immediate gratification. The message here seems to be a study in self delusion and the consequences of a lack of awareness of the present moment. The story is meant to make you think.... think... and reflect on your own life. This is not just entertain-o-junk. Beautiful settings and wonderful acting with very little dialog. The facial expressions and what's left unsaid is perfect. Van Sant accomplished what he set out to do. If your looking for escapism... this won't work for you.
They don't call it an independant film for nothing. The film itself was a little too long and most of the scenes drag on for an insufferably long time, but that was exactly what Gus Van Sant was trying to show; what it would be like to be, in every sense of the term, lost, with nothing to do but walk around and try to figure out where the he$$ you are, and how damaging something like that can be to your sanity. But seriously, anyone in that situation would've talked a whole lot more.
1. Movie starts with 7 minutes of staring out a dashboard - with NO dialog.
2. Entire script consists of under 10 minutes of dialog.
After sitting thru the credits and the first10 minutes, I forced myself to watch the rest - just to see if I could. The ONLY good thing I have to say about this movie is that there were some very beautiful desert landscapes.
I really enjoy all kinds of movies. I have respect for all the names attached to this one, but i have never fast-forwarded through a movie until "Gerry". It really made me want to cry b/c i felt like i was in purgatory...and i hate the fact that you made me think about fast-forwarding in the first place!
The movie is slow - beyond turtle slow - with very little dialog and monotonous scenery. Perhaps this is all just a device to make you think; self-reflect, but i can do that on my own time without looking at miles and miles of desert - thanks.
I just can't imagine what these veteran actors were thinking during the filming of this piece of CAA-CAA! Why do seasoned professional actors EVER agree to do movies which are obviously going to tank upon release? Are they usable as tax write-offs?
I especially feel sorry for anyone who went to see this on the big screen, and I hope every single person who did demanded a full refund afterwards.
This had the potential to be so much more with the premise of getting lost in the desert, but the long silent staring scenes, continuous bland dialouge in what should have been a growing anxiety and overdrawn redundant scenarios just killed it. The desert scenery was the only reason for a half a star
On a rating of 1 to 10, 1 being the least boring and 10 being the most boring I would rate Gerry as 20. If one was made to watch this movie I would call it cruel and unusual punishment. I have watched many,many movies but none as boring as this one Terrible movie.
I don't ever need to get hopelessly lost in the desert now, after seeing Gerry. I have now been there. Gus Van Sant places you, the viewer, in the same predicament as his two young guys (both named Gerry), and being lost in the desert is not exciting or fun. It's scary, hopeless and desolate. The film is beautiful to look at, and it is mesmerizing and sad. This is art, like it or not. Many people will not get this type of experimental film, but I'm glad I saw it.
Depressing material, extremely slow all the way through and confusing toward the end. I did not like this movie and would not recommend u waste ur time viewing it. Worst movie i've seen in a long time.