Changing Lanes

Lists: Thriller, Crime / Heist

Brief Synopsis: "A rush-hour fender bender on New York City's crowded FDR Drive, under most circumstances, wouldn't set off a chain reaction that could decimate two people's lives. But on this day, at this time, a minor collision will turn two complete strangers into vicious adversaries. Their means of destroying one another might be different, but their goals, ultimately, will be the same: Each will systematically try to dismantle the other's life in a reckless effort to reclaim something he has lost. Late for court, high powered attorney Gavin Banek is weaving through heavy traffic. In a different lane is Doyle Gipson, a father whose right to see his children rests on the decision of a judge with a full docket and no time to spare. On the surface, Banek and Gipson are two very different men: one is struggling away from rock bottom. But a minor accident will drive these two strangers to the brink of self-destruction, and prove that rage can equalize any playing field when men turn into beasts."

Overall Ranking: 0 (Rank from 2002: # 0)

Adjusted* Rating:
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David Baruffi80
Bryan Lienesch77 - It's very Shakespearean in the way it allows sort of a simple snafu to blow up into virtually a full scale war between two men who had no intention of letting it go there.
Comedy: 2
Sex Appeal: 4
Scary: 4
Rewatch: 5

People Involved

  • Ben Affleck (Gavin Banek)
  • Samuel L. Jackson (Doyle Gipson)
  • Kim Staunton (Valerie Gipson)
  • Toni Collette (Michelle)
  • Sydney Pollack (Stephen Delano)
  • Matt Malloy (Ron Cabot)
  • William Hurt (Doyles Sponsor)
  • John Benjamin Hickey (Carlyle)
  • Roger Michell (Director)