Haunted by the crimes of his youth, Christopher returns to his hardscrabble neighborhood with hopes of starting an honest life. But even if he had the strength of a saint, Christopher would...
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Haunted by the crimes of his youth, Christopher returns to his hardscrabble neighborhood with hopes of starting an honest life. But even if he had the strength of a saint, Christopher would be hard pressed to stay clean. From the moment he steps back into his world, and a homeless street preacher threatens damnation, Chris is confronted with the unredeemable legacy of his past. Before the first beer touches his lips, a former partner in crime is welcoming Chris back into the gang of the local crime boss. And the enduring rage of his father quickly spoils his homecoming with bitter reminders of father-son alienation, rejection and failure. The lifelines of a mother's love and an Irish grandmother's acceptance cannot keep Chris afloat as he is pulled under by the weight of his father's judgment and his own self-recriminations. He tries to redeem the trust of his ex-girlfriend and wants a relationship with a daughter that doesn't know him. He returns to the church and lights candles for ...
I worked on "The Good Thief" as a Production Assistant, which meant I got to yell out, "Rolling! Quiet please!" in some of Philadelphia's finest neighborhoods. I saw the movie last week, and let me tell you, standing outside a crack house at 2am was worth it. RT Herwig's debut was made for under $700,000, and throughout the course of the movie, it becomes obvious that they got the most out of every penny. The film looks nicer than most movies made for millions and millions of dollars. "The Good Thief" is a story about an honorable man returning home from prison and trying to reconcile his past with his future. Namely, he wants to provide for his daughter who doesn't know he's alive but doesn't want to return to crime to do so. Rather than tell a straightforward story, Herwig lays on some trippy spirituality to mix things up. There's a lot of smoke in this movie, (hence my subject line) and that's just one of the visual metaphors Herwig uses to demonstrate the protagonist's mental state. More often than not, this doesn't look like a cheaply-made movie. The film is beautifully shot, and you can tell a lot of care went into making each frame look wonderful. Some of the acting falls flat, and some scenes drag on, but there is enough strength in other scenes to redeem the film. Herwig throws in some neat clues here and there, and the soundtrack is very cool. It will be nice to see what Herwig can do with a larger budget. He's obviously a very talented filmmaker with a bright future ahead of him. People spend a lot of money on making really crappy movies. "The Good Thief" didn't cost a lot of money, and is not a really crappy movie. It's actually pretty good, and well worth checking out. Just watch out for all the smoke.
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