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Dragonfly: Convincing Costner

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Bullwinkle says, "Teeny, weenie chili beanie, the spirits are about to speak." And Dr. Joe Darrow (Kevin Costner) gets an earful after his beloved wife, Emily, joins the ghost guard while on a Red Cross jaunt to Venezuela. Her trip goes belly up -- just like her bus -- when an avalanche sweeps the vehicle over a cliff and into a raging river, killing all aboard. Next stop: The Other Side.

Emily's unrecovered body leaves a big gap in the closure process, and Dr. Joe can't let go. In his grief he obsesses over her dragonfly birthmark and sees dragonflies and other strange symbols everywhere he looks.

Dazed and confused, he wanders into Pediatrics, where young Jeffrey -- child flatline aficionado -- offers him hope. Recently returned from a near death experience, Jeffrey tells Dr. Joe of the "Rainbow" encounter with Emily and hints at a mysterious message she must deliver.

Intrigued and fascinated by other incoming messages from beyond and the unusual antics of his pet, the oldest and scruffiest non-talking parrot on earth, Dr. Joe starts losing touch with reality.

His psychotic behavior threatens to jeopardize his medical practice. His friends and neighbors advise him to stop acting like a nut and take a vacation. Maybe go white water rafting, or watch an episode of Survivor. Dr. Joe walks a thin line between sanity and madness.

Did Emily really die in the crash, or did she survive and find a way to contact Dr. Joe through mental telepathy? Will Dr. Joe discover Emily's "Rainbow" message before it's too late? Will the audience figure out the story's ending before the final disclosure scene? Probably not.

Squeaking doors, haunting voices and ghostly lights set the tone for this interesting combination of The Sixth Sense, The Mothman Prophecies and The Others. And just like in Waterworld, Kevin Costner finds himself spending some quality time under the surface -- except this time, no gills.

Other reviewers must be playing "Rip Kevin A New One" and forgot to invite me. I thought Kevin did a good job. How many facial expressions does it take to portray a grieving widower who hears voices? This movie presented interesting characters in an interesting story with an interesting ending. I give it a "B ." What do you think?

Dixie Says: Watching a Kevin Costner movie usually leaves me feeling empty inside. Not so with this one. I remained awake and cried with joy at the surprise ending.

Everyone demonstrated solid acting skills. I thought the old parrot gave an Oscar winning performance during his (almost) death scene. Kathy Bates, looking like Drew Carey on a bad hair day, showed unsurprising sensitivity as Kevin's helpful neighbor. Kevin, usually acting like some condescending moron, showed remarkable depth as the bereaved widower. I actually felt sympathy for his loss.

Other sources may hammer this movie into oblivion, but I liked it. I give it a "B" for (secret word). See the movie to discover the secret word.

Don & Dixie Mitchell

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