It’s the Fourth of July, and Kate (Lynn Collins) and Bobby (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) are a young couple who have been together for ten months. They are struggling to make a decision: do they stick with tradition and spend the weekend with Kate’s family, or do they set out on their own for a spontaneous adventure? So they decide to flip a coin and after making their initial decision, an alternate narrative emerges to show just what would have happened had they chosen to do otherwise. One storyline takes place in Brooklyn, where Bobby and Kate decide to go visit Kate’s family with its share of family drama. The other storyline takes place in Manhattan where Bobby and Kate find a cellphone in a taxi belonging to a criminal who values it at $500,000. The implications of each choice are profound. As the stories diverge and a “what if” scenario becomes reality, it soon becomes apparent how much one seemingly minor decision can ultimately affect the rest of our lives…

“Uncertainty” is based on how the course of our lives is determined by the countless decisions – major and minor – we make on a daily basis. One simple and seemingly insignificant act of choice can set the course for our entire future. This sort of parallel storyline is hardly new, “Sliding Doors” from 1998 is one good example, but with the former there´s just no real sense in keeping these two story lines parallel as the simply don´t connect the dots and present a meaningful conclusion. The story lines has weight on its own, but together they simply have no proper point of convergence. So it all becomes incoherent and inconsistent. With that said, we still get good acting from both Lynn Collins and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, but that can´t save a frustrating cut up and partly messy movie experience. (Two and a half out of 5)

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