Repentance 2014 R CC

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Academy Award-winner Forest Whitaker (The Last King of Scotland) delivers an explosive performance as a troubled man fixated on the tragic death of his mother in this taut psychological thriller.

Starring:
Forest Whitaker, Anthony Mackie
Runtime:
1 hour 35 minutes

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Repentance

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Thriller, Horror
Director Philippe Caland
Starring Forest Whitaker, Anthony Mackie
Supporting actors Mike Epps, Sanaa Lathan, Nicole Ari Parker, Ariana Neal, Denise Milfort, Selma Pinkard, Avery Edward Landry, Margo Swisher, Adella Gautier, Jessica Medina, Gina Blocker, Peter Weller, Ashley Toman, Terri Battee, Betsy Clark, Ken Massey, Austin Que, Robert Segari
Studio Lionsgate
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
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Customer Reviews

Great movie and plot.
I. Alamo
I fault the movie (actually the first half) because it reminded me too much of Misery.
Victoria J. Dennison
It was a great movie, Forest Whitaker is an amazing actor.
martha hannah

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy on April 4, 2014
Format: DVD
***CONTAINS MIDPOINT PLOT SPOILER***

Tommy (Anthony Macke) has an NDE (near death experience) in the first scene and becomes an author and "life coach." He has a beautiful wife (Sanaa Lathan) and an older brother who just got out of prison (Mike Epps). Angel (Forest Whitaker) takes Lithium and has visions of his dead mother. He hires Tommy to be his life coach to help him out which eventually becomes "Misery." The film goes full circle as the therapist gets therapy.

I liked the basic plot outline, I wasn't thrilled with the execution. I kept imagining how much better this film would have been with Samuel L. Jackson as the antagonist. Forest needed to look more bipolar. I found myself waiting for the movie to pick up and once it did, it changed the direction of the film which caught me off guard.

Will work as a rental.

Parental Guide: F-bomb. No sex or nudity. 3 1/2 STARS
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Real Story on June 18, 2014
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Maybe its because its a psycho-thriller, and you have to have some semblance of thought and imagination, that made people rate this low but the acting was really good along with the story line. No need for a macabre, blood and gore filled 1.5 hours to keep your attention the actors were believable. I gave it a five because it did what most films cannot less the nudity and violence. If that's your thing this is not for you but if you enjoy a film suitable for all this is it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Female 61 on July 21, 2014
Format: DVD
I was totally surprised by the movie. I heard about it, but did not see it in theaters. Forrest Whitaker was so good in this movie, I was o pins and needles throughout. This is the type of movie that you watch straight through. You don't want to miss a minute of it.
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Format: DVD
Trigger Warning(s): Torture Scenes

When it comes to some actors, there is just a go to style which seems to fit them well. For Will Smith, it is the likeable and approachable Black guy; Denzel Washington, as of late, recycles his Training Day persona; and then there is Forest Whitaker who usually plays off putting characters. This one is no different but, with a character which reminded me of Kathy Bates in Misery, the question is whether his portrayal as Angel was good, or just another awkward character of his to write off?

Characters & Story

A man with mental issues named Angel (Forest Whitaker) has lost his mom; his wife, to a point; and now all he has is his house and daughter. So needless to say, he is troubled. But there is one man he believes can help him: that man is Tommy Carter (Anthony Mackie) whose self-help book dealing with his brush with death seems to have had a profound effect on Angel. But as Angel reveals his demons, Tommy finds himself facing off with them and his own which involve wife Maggie (Sanaa Lathan), as well as Ben (Mike Epps). Leaving us with a film which makes it seem that Tommy may have taken on Angel's problems a bit too lightly.

Praise

As always, Whitaker playing an unnerving character just fits. It pretty much has been his signature, to me anyway, since Jason's Lyric in the 90s. And in this movie he is not only off putting, but a bit frightening as well. Arguably, Whitaker could probably play, with the right script, an iconic fictional villain again and perhaps set a precedent people would be trying to match for years. Though, it should be noted, the rest of the cast surely isn't slacking. Mackie hold his own against Whitaker and does attempt to compete for intensity.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Baker on August 5, 2014
Format: DVD
In this case, the darkness is within Forest Whitaker's character, Angel. A man who has lost his grip on his sanity since the death of his mother. Anthony Mackie plays Thomas Carter, a self-help guru who tries to break down the walls in Angel's life so that he can be a more productive being. However, it seems that these two are connected in a way that only Angel's knows. It's a psycho-thriller that I couldn't turn away from, until the end, which irked me off. I don't like endings that don't complete movies. Still, it was a thriller that I completely enjoyed!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By e.clair wilson on July 23, 2014
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Great movie enjoyed the supense . Of course Forest Whitker was great as the bad guy.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M on June 16, 2014
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This movie wasn't bad at all. It had some good parts, funny parts, and strange parts to it. I only gave it 3 stars because it didn't hold my attention as I expected it to. I was fine pausing it, going to do something, and then coming back to it. As a matter of fact, I did that several times and almost didn't finish the movie before the 24 hour rental time was up.
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Format: DVD
“Repentance” starts off as a reasonably sincere tale of a best-selling author/life coach (Anthony Mackie) who tries to help a grieving man (Forest Whitaker) come to turns with the death of his mother. But at the 35 minute mark, the movie suddenly jumps the tracks, turning into a bizarre, yet strangely conventional, hostage drama, with the psychologically disturbed client kidnapping and torturing the psychologist in an effort to prove which of the two is actually most in need of help.

The movie seems to be making the case that people like the Mackie character are just glib, overpaid shysters, taking advantage of people‘s suffering by offering them little but shibboleths and bromides to help them cope with their problems - but any message the movie might be trying to convey is subsumed by the unpleasant melodramatics that come to dominate the second half. Yeomen that they are, Mackie and Whitaker work valiantly to overcome the various roadblocks that the script throws in their path, but even these two fine performers eventually have to concede that they’re fighting a losing battle here. Even the “surprise” ending and moralistic message can’t ultimately redeem this cinematic turkey.
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