Like most kids, Ned idolized his father and dreamed of following in his footsteps. Unfortunately, his father was a two-bit crook who spent most of his life in jail. Without a family of his ... See full summary »
David E. Allen
Silver spoon Boston lawyer Declan Fitzpatrick fell in instant love with a Louisiana bayou 'haunted' estate when he drove by with college friends. Now he learns it's on sale and rushes to ... See full summary »
A former child star buys her grandmother's house to rescue it from ruin but her hope for serenity is soon eclipsed by haunting dreams of her famous grandmother, who died of a supposed overdose in the house more than 30 years ago.
[confronted by Ana in the prison holding room]
I'm sorry. I'm so sorry. I've tried to imagine... who you are, what your day was like before. I put together your entire life in a single moment.
[remembering the moment he held the gun on her]
I feel like I know you. I *don't* know who you are. Or what I have taken from you. For that I am so sorry.
I tried for so long not to give you a face. it's so much better when you don't have a face. All these details of you in my mind, in my ...
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well crafted production . . . but lacks real credibility
Yes, it is a well crafted production, powerfully presented in the context of the message it hopes to deliver.
But this is where I part ways with the obvious intention of the film, which I can't really articulate here without providing a spoiler to its conclusion.
My point here is that the actions of Saul, remarkably well portrayed by Jeremy Remmer, is framed in the context of a sympathetic character, fraught with a difficult array of bad choices made under duress, resulting in a horrific criminal outcome.
But that's not how such things usually come about in real life. In real life, the perpetrators of horrific crimes are very often myopically self absorbed, violent sociopaths and psychopaths, completely without remorse or even the remotest capacity for anything resembling a conscience.
This is where the film fails completely.
Ana Nichols delivers her version of Minnie about as perfectly as any actress could to portray the circumstances represented in the story.
It's not the acting, or quality of production and directing, all of which were very well done, that I have trouble with.
It's the heavily slanted purported message the film is trying to drive, which is so remarkably out of sync with the actual reality it tries to portray, that makes me back away from offering a higher rating than what I offer here.
Sorry . . . 6 stars is about as far as I can go with this one.
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