Mr. Nobody (2009) – Movie Review

March 16, 2016 4:11 am by
Mr.-Nobody-Movie Poster - Big Fat Kill


A boy stands on a station platform as a train is about to leave. Should he go with his mother or stay with his father? Infinite possibilities arise from this decision. As long as he doesn't choose, anything is possible.


  • Jared Leto - Nemo Adult / Old Nemo
  • Sarah Polley - Adult Elise
  • Diane Kruger - Anna Adult
  • Linh Dan Pham - Adult Jean (as Linh-Dan Pham)


  • Jaco Van Dormael


I watched the extended version which clocks in at 2h 35m and boy oh boy was it a struggle. An hour plus could have been chopped off this for a start as nothing really happens. The movie is all about choices and what if’s but we know this after 20 minutes . . .then it just keeps on going and going and going. It looks great and if I was an 18 year old college kid who is getting into ‘cool movies’ and smoking weed I would probably think this movie was deep, meaningful and weird but it really isn’t. The story could have been told in a music video and perhaps that’s what Leto turned up for.

I like a bit of Leto, he was great in Dallas Buyers and Requiem but in this he just doesn’t cut it. His old man is a caricature and his young man is totally bland. Another problem with it; the characters are just plain boring and at times incredibly annoying (Polley) which makes it hard to engage and sympathize with them.

Perhaps if the director in Belgium hadn’t had soggy Moules-frites that Wednesday morning because the Moules-frites maker was late for work because she slept in as she went to bed late the night before because the neon sign outside her window was buzzing because . . .blah,blah,blah . . .it would be more enjoyable.

The saying goes you can’t polish a turd but this is a polished turd.

Watch some Jeunet et Caro instead. Far superior and more enjoyable.

1.5 Stars (1.5 / 5)

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