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Movie: Dragonfly 鬼胎記

STAFF WRITER

Kevin Costner pulls heartstrings in Dragonfly.

PHOTO COURTESY OF BUENA VISTA

Rated PG , directed by Tom Shadyac, with Kevin Costner (Joe Darrow), Joe Morton (Hugh Campbell), Ron Lifkin (Dr Charlie Dickenson), Linda Hunt (Sister Madeline), Susanna Thompson (Dr Emily Darrow), running time: 90 minutes.

The tagline for Dragonfly is ``When someone you love dies, are they gone forever?'' After watching Tom Shadyac's hollow heartstrings-puller, you'll wish Kevin Costner's answer would have been a resounding ``Yes!'' Costner plays Joe Darrow, a physician whose physician wife is killed while on a Red Cross mission in Venezuela. Deeply mourning her loss, Darrow starts to think his dearly departed is trying to reach him through his patient's tales of near-death experiences and all the things that go ``bump'' in his house at night. After a metaphysical revelation, he flies off to Venezuela in search of an emotionally satisfying end to the film. Fans of Costner will find Dragonfly mildly diverting, others will wish they'd gone to the theater before Memento disappeared from Taiwan's screens.

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