Robert Downey Jr. stars with Robert Downey Jr. in THE ROUTE V50, directed by Stephen Frears for Volvo.

The Route V50 (2004, Stephen Frears)

It’s clearly an extended Volvo commercial starring Robert Downey Jr. and directed by Stephen Frears, but I also think The Route V50 is based on an essay someone wrote to accompany a book of photographs (photographed by someone else). A French someone and a French someone else. If that assumption is correct, it should be a lot better… but wait, it appears the French persons are actually just Volvo advertising guys.

As it stands, it’s a terrible remake of a “Twilight Zone” episode where Downey runs into himself over and over at different points in a timeline. It’s interesting to see how these different temporal characterizations interact… but it’s Downey mugging for the camera and doing a TV commercial.

Regardless of source material, screenwriter Ed Roe’s apparently unable to write anything but that TV commercial so the partially engaging plot device is the only thing it’s got going for it.

1/3Not Recommended


Directed by Stephen Frears; screenplay by Ed Roe, based on a story by Lorenzo De Rita and Bertrand Fleuret; director of photography, Remi Adefersin; edited by John Smith; music by Nathan Larson; produced by Frances Silor; released by Volvo.

Starring Robert Downey Jr.


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