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Air Force Sergeant Colter Stevens (Jake Gyllenhaal) awakens in a commuter train, seated across from a pleasant and attractive young woman (Michelle Monaghan). He has no idea how he got there, or why this woman, Christina, appears to know him. He’s even more confused when the face he sees in the bathroom mirror is not his. After eight minutes of confusion, a bomb on the train explodes, killing hundreds of people, including him.


Inspired by writer-director Marc Meyers’s memories of his grandfather’s last days, Harvest is a skillfully scripted story of family dynamics set in a scenic Connecticut town. College student Josh (Jack Carpenter) interrupts his intended summer at rented beach house with friends to return home, where his mother has been tending to her aging parents. Josh’s grandfather Siv (Robert Loggia), the family patriarch, seems strong but is only in a period fo remission from pancreatic cancer. His wife Yetta (Barbara Barrie) is in an advanced stage of Alzheimer’s disease.


I don’t see many animated movies, given that I am well over the age of 14 and have no nieces or nephews to take to them. (It cuts down my workload considerably.) But I made an exception for this because it is being promoted as being from the makers of Despicable Me, which I liked (and who didn’t?). That information isn’t wholly incorrect, but it is misleading. The true creators of Despicable Me were French animators Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud. Hop, on the other hand, is a product of the same studio, but the creative work was done by the Rhythm and Hues effects house, who have previously given us such second-rate fare as Marmaduke and the Alvin and the Chipmunks movies.

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