"Random Hearts" is a compelling love story about two people who never would have metÂ… in a perfect world. An act of fate throws the two very different people together; Dutch Van Den Broeck, a tough-minded internal affairs cop involved in a high-stakes corruption case, and Kay Chandler, a high-profile congresswomen embroiled in a bitter re-election campaign. They develop an extraordinary relationship which forces them to confront the truth that threatens to destroy them and discover the strengths to triumph over the deception that surrounds them.
Sydney Pollack's characteristically solid, incisive direction has become a throwback to the days of subtler movie storytelling. But it still rivets attention during the first half of this star-crossed romance, which tells of two people who meet after their spouses die in the same plane crash. The plot becomes very thick indeed when it develops that the dead spouses were having an affair, and the survivors fall into a bittersweet relationship of their own. Harrison Ford is taciturnly forceful, Kristin Scott Scott Thomas a shade too familiar, as credulity-stretching complications ensue. — Janet Maslin
1999-10-08 | Janet Maslin | Read the New York Times Review of Random Hearts