Bounce is a romantic drama released in the year 2000, re-released as a Blu-ray DVD on April 10th, 2012, starring Oscar winners Gwyneth Paltrow and Ben Affleck.
Affleck stars as Buddy, a flirtatious advertising executive, who has signed a lucrative deal with a Chicago airline. Unfortunately, he is trapped in a snow storm while attempting to head back to Los Angeles via the same airline. He meets Greg Janello, a man who desires to head home to his sons, but chooses to be bumped. In the spirit of goodness, Buddy decides to swap tickets with Greg in order for him to return home.
Several hours later, tragedy strikes; together with another stranded passenger named Mimi, Buddy hears on the news Greg’s flight has gone down. He manages to get his friend Janice Guerrero, the ticket agent that night, to switch his name with Greg’s on the passenger list. Meanwhile, Paltrow’s character, Abby, is awakened by the news of the crash. For several hours, she tries to remain hopeful that Greg is alive, as he was registered on a different flight, but is soon brought back to dreadful reality.
Buddy arrives back in LA, and it appears his agency, with the airline client, wants to show a series of commercials surrounding the consequences of the recent crash. Overcome with guilt over Greg’s death, he binge drinks and publicly go into a stupor when the ads win a Clio award. He checks himself into Alcoholics Anonymous, and after a year still of harboring guilt, he decides to visit Abby and her children. Abby turns out to be a real estate saleswoman, and he follows her to a site where a hostile dog, ironically called “Buddy”, attacks him and tears into his clothes–the cliched comical scene of these sorts of films.
He decides to stick around and assist Abby with selling an office building by encouraging she could do a wonderful job. Deciding to repay him for his help, she treats him to a game at Dodger Stadium. The pair fall in love over time and Buddy bonds with her two sons becoming somewhat of a family. Even going as far as to take the kids on a flight to Palm Springs to help them overcome their fear of flying.
However, the happy times don’t last for much longer, as Mimi approaches Abby with footage of Buddy and Greg enjoying drinks at the airport lounge on the night of his death. Naturally Abby feels betrayed, and instructs Buddy to leave town. He is also then summoned to court in order to testify about that night in Chicago, which was televised. He admits to giving his ticket to Greg and asking Janice to escort him onto his flight and to change the roster, compromising the airline’s security. While the judge did let him off for his testimony, he still saw himself responsible for Greg’s death. It also is revealed Abby and her son Scott felt equally responsible, as they were the ones who pressured Greg to return home early.
Buddy decides to resign from the agency as tensions between him and co-workers over the damage suit have reached a boiling point. He goes home to pack his things, presumably to relocate, when Abby drops in to thank him for helping the family release their pain. Before she exits, he gets a brilliant idea–he asks her to put his beach property on the market. At first Abby doesn’t think she’s right for the job, and once more he consoles her that yes, she is.
And so, their relationship begins again.
Fall in love with fate.
This Blu-ray review of the film Bounce is presented as a courtesy of Miramax/Lionsgate and is in brilliant Blu-ray transfer. The colors are not dis-saturated and are presented very well on a 50″ HDTV screen (AVC encoded 1080p – 16×9 widescreen). There wasn’t any snowy aspects to the film and the overall sound quality was nice (DTS-HD Master Audio, 5.1 surround sound). The Blu-ray premiere also includes: audio commentary with the writer/director and producer, scene-specific commentary with Roos, Affleck and Paltrow, deleted scenes with commentary, a gag reel, a music video and behind-the-scenes and “making of” featurettes.
The Blu-ray edition of Bounce contains interesting features, such as:
- Audio commentary with writer/director Don Roos and co-producer Bobby Cohen
- Deleted scenes with commentary
- Gag Reel
- “Need to Be Next to You” music video
- “All About Bounce” featurette
- “Ben and Gwyneth Go Behind-the-Scenes” featurette
- Additional scene-specific commentary with Don Roos, Ben Affleck, and Gwyneth Paltrow