Dark and despairing story about three friends in a Boston working class neighborhood. Their lives are changed forever when one of the boys is kidnapped while they are playing in the street. Thirty years later, the 19-year-old daughter of the Sean Penn character is murdered. The kidnapped boy, now married and barely able to work (Tim Robbins), and the other friend (Kevin Bacon, a state trooper detective), are thrown back together with devastating results. Not a lot of hope, though the filmmaking is fine – Clint Eastwood’s work is excellent. Why such a dark, sad, dead-end story appealed to him (almost a story of despair), I don’t know except that I had the same feeling from this as I had from Unforgiven. Bleak. The women are very good – Marcia Gay Hardin and Laura Linney – she’s downright Lady MacBeth. For those of us who know Boston, though, it will ring true. Filmed on location in Boston, you feel like you are there.
October 14, 2003 by Leave a Comment