The English-language debut by German director Tom Tykwer is a story of fate, redemption and--unintentionally--good directors gone bad. Cate Blanchett retaliates against someone who did her wrong, accidentally kills innocents in the process and then falls for the investigator on the case (Giovanni Ribisi). But the real lesson here is that directors should not be compelled to assume the creative mantle of another who passed away.
À la A.I. Artificial Intelligence, the often-amazing Tykwer (Run Lola Run) ran with this movie after its creator Krzysztof Kieslowski (Blue, White, Red) died unexpectedly in 1996. Another in an assumed three-part package (up next: Hell and Purgatory!), the mixed-up final product lacks too much of Tykwer's pacing or Kieslowski's deep-thinking to make it worthwhile. And a disconnected second half will leave fans of both directors scratching their noggins. Heaven should have been left in limbo.