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Life on the Line

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Earnest but cliché-filled drama has violence, swearing.

Movie R 2016 97 minutes
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The filmmakers behind this earnest, heartfelt drama truly want to honor the brave men who do this job, but the movie is packed with cliches and doesn't really grasp the details of hard work. The screenplay relies on soap opera mechanics, with characters behaving in certain specific, rigid ways designed to move the plot forward; they're never allowed to emerge as characters. Not to mention that the plot itself is so weary and shopworn that it's not hard to guess what's coming as the movie slogs forward.

And, in all this, the point of the lineman -- understanding his work -- is more or less lost; we see images of men climbing poles and attaching clamps to things, but that's about it. Underneath yet another batch of bizarre facial hair, Travolta manages to find some kind of weary, inner life to his character. And in a small role as an alcoholic, Sharon Stone proves she still has onscreen electricity. But otherwise, Life on the Line is as dead as a downed power line.

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