Wednesday, 30 December 2009

One Week – Movie Review

Author, teacher, and engaged to be married, Ben Tyler had a great future all planned out. But when he is told that he has an extremely aggressive type of cancer and a less than 10% chance of surviving for more than two years, Ben re-evaluates his life.
On impulse he buys an early-70s Norton Commando and drops out of his conservative, predictable, and frankly boring life in search of “an adventure”. Heading west on two wheels from Toronto, Ben eventually ends up in Tofino on Vancouver Island with a bucket full of experiences and a better understanding of what’s really important in life. 
Joshua Jackson as Ben, with a supporting cast consisting of a Norton Commando and the beauty of Canada’s wide open spaces, make for a very enjoyable movie. Suitable for all ages, this is a film you’d be quite comfortable watching with your Granny – and she would probably enjoy it too. Highly recommended.


  1. Dear Canajun:

    I had the pleasure of driving from Vancouver to North Dakota in Canada, and the sheer scale of the Canadian Rockies is still with me.

    Vancouver is indeed one of the most beautiful cities in North America, but there are so many other places (that I found) between there and North Dakota that out the efforts and problems of man in perspective.

    It is a shame that it often takes being told that you are out of new options to find the courage to explore the options you always had.

    Happy New Year to you and yours...

    Fondest regards,
    Jack • reep • Toad
    Twisted Roads

  2. PS:

    I wrote: "but there are so many other places (that I found) between there and North Dakota that out the efforts and problems of man in perspective."

    I meant to say, "PUTS the efforts and problems in perspective." I beg your pardon


  3. Jack - Your comment about exploring new options is so true. And the country is beautiful - on both sides of the border - as you get further west.
    Thanks for stopping by, and Happy New Year to you as well.

  4. I'll have to see that. Similar thoughts and desires have occurred to me. Thanks for the post.

  5. Sad story, nevertheless sometimes bordering on comical, believable characters, and a wonderful bike. Perfect ingredients for a great movie. I only wish the crew would have had better weather when they filmed. Definitely worth watching!
    Happy New Year!

  6. cpa3485 - Having done it once myself, all I can say is it's a great trip and the experience of a lifetime. Go for it.

    Sonja - Thanks for stopping by. I thought the weather was pretty realistic. When I did that trip we had rain 23 out of 29 days on the road, so it was actually a bit of deja vu.
    BTW, I like your blog - and a Happy New Year to you too.

  7. Canajun - thanks for the review. I am going to have to check this movie out. I think it's good to evaluate one's life; I know I am in a complacent rut, so a soul-searching journey would be good for 2010.


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