Sunday, May 11, 2008


Joaquin Phoenix, Mark Ruffalo, Jennifer Connelly

"To find the truth, you have to find who's hiding it"

Well I certainly have no reservations that this film was well acted with 3 powerful performances from its main cast - Joaquin Phoenix, Jennifer Connelly and Mark Ruffalo.

An interesting character study of three different people's method of dealing with grief, guilt and the great unknown. Ethan, a father coming to grips with the slow justice system's ability to find the hit and run driver who killed his young son. A role portrayed by the profound Joaquin Phoenix. It suits his brooding demeanor. The agony visible on his face, the anguish turning into an obsession. A masterful performance.

Grace, the mother of the child. We bear witness to her way of dealing with her lost. At first she shuts out the world until she realizes it is important for her to be strong. To keep up a positive disposition for the sake of her other child. Jennifer Connelly's role was short but still significant in the grand scheme of this film. She gave a solid performance beside Joaquin Phoenix's equally subtle portrayal. They had good chemistry together.

The most interesting character for me was that of Mark Ruffalo as Dwight. The guilt stricken perpetrator of the crime. He is torn and totally dejected with his action. Yet at the same time he is overwhelmed with deep apprehension for his future. Dwight, himself is a father separated from his wife. The unfortunate incident occurs at a vital point in his life. The phase where he's trying to establish a deeper relationship with his own son.

The slow plot is predictable enough. Yet the film is filled with enough poignant moments to keep the audience tuned to the fate of the three characters.

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Bks said...

i checked this movie out today it was great i really liked it
review coming soon !!


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