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Slipstream is a 2007 Americanmarker science fiction film starring, written, scored, and directed by Anthony Hopkins, which explores the premise of a man who is caught in a slipstream of time and remembers his own future. The film premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival.


Note: Arroyave is the real-life wife of Anthony Hopkins.


Actor Anthony Hopkins first wrote the script for Slipstream for fun, saying, "I had no idea where it was going. It just kept evolving on itself. I always wanted to poke fun at the movie business and the acting profession -- they take themselves so seriously. I wanted to poke them in the nose." Hopkins explained his perspective of the premise:

Hopkins initially shopped his script to studios for whom he had been bankable. Executives expressed interest as well as input for the script, but Hopkins refused to take the input. Hopkins showed the script to director-producer Steven Spielberg, who praised the dialogue but warned that financing would be difficult. He proceeded to begin production, initiating filming on June 12, 2006 in Los Angelesmarker and moved to the Californiamarker desert. Hopkins rejected studios who wanted to have a final cut of the film, and he instead found a new, unidentified patron to finance the film for under $10 million. During production, filmmakers invited six graduate students from Northern Illinois Universitymarker to assist with the film for college credit. Hopkins also composed the score for Slipstream and conducted the orchestra for the music. In post-production, Hopkins used quick editing and digital technology to edit a fast-paced cut of Slipstream to speed audiences through the film.


Critical Reception

Slipstream premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival on January 20, 2007. The film was met with confusion by Sundance audiences, who wondered about the actual meaning of the premise.

On the film review aggregate website Rotten Tomatoes, Slipstream received a 25% rating based on reviews from 36 critics. On the similar site Metacritic, the film received a metascore of 47 out of 100 from 14 reviews, indicating "mixed or average reviews".

All the reviews weren't that bad. Roger Ebert gave the film three out of four stars and suggesting that film is worth seeing, "if you'll actively engage your sympathy with Hopkins' attempt to do something tricky and difficult. If you want to lie back and let the movie come to you, you may be lying there a long time."[362005]

Box Office

The film later experienced a one-week limited release in 6 theaters in the United Statesmarker on October 26, 2007, earning $6,273 over the weekend and $8,965 in the full week.. The film closed on November 1, 2007 , after a week at the box office grossing $8,965 in the domestic market and $18,804 in the foergin market for an international total of $27,769.


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