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THE CONFESSION is a tale of unique redemption and an exploration of good and evil featuring a hit man (Kiefer Sutherland, 24) and a priest (Academy Award® nominee John Hurt, The Elephant Man). On Christmas Eve, the hit man enters a church to confess his sins. Through a series of gripping flashbacks, the Confessor's journey is revealed, laying out what has brought him to this moment and leading to a climax where his chance at ultimate redemption hangs in the balance. While at first the Confessor seems to be an evil, cold-blooded killing machine and the Priest the ultimate arbiter of good, as time passes, it becomes clear that both men are much more complicated than either could have suspected.
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The plot is not that unexpected, truth be told. Sutherland steps into a confessional with priest Hurt ready to absolve his sins. But he isn't seeking forgiveness, he is pushing to understand Hurt's theological perspective on the nature of good versus evil. Is he trying to reconcile his criminal lifestyle? Perhaps seeking redemption? Playing mind games? Or trying to provoke this man of God? Through a series of flashbacks, his ulterior motives will be revealed. I wasn't particularly surprised about where this sordid little tale led (it seems rather apparent), but it is always a fascinating journey to get there.
If I was rating "The Confession" as a straight-up movie, I might give it four stars. The two leads are absolutely mesmerizing and make this a can't miss proposition.Read more ›
John Hurt as the Priest, is terrific too. Don't miss this one! Recommended.
Not that that would be a deterrence, excellence in tv movies is not uncommon. Especially given that, in addition to taking on the lead role, this was also produced by Keifer.
However, that bona fides aside, 'Confession' is not a particularly novel idea. I've screened several productions over the years where the characters argue 'good' versus 'evil' and the true nature of humanity. And I've even seen it in this very configuration, utilizing an assassin and a priest.
But it's Keifer Sutherland wielding the weapon, and that carries a much greater impact, a depth of interest given his performance over the past decade as his tv alter-ego, Jack Bauer.
The film opens as the assassin enters a confessional on Christmas Eve. He confronts the priest there, telling him that they are going to debate the qualities of God and man's inhumanity -or- someone will die that very night. He's deadly serious.
Again, I've seen this before and the plot is not particularly creative. But given the strong performances by both Sutherland and co-star John Hurt, it was engaging enough for the full hour.
While the debate philosophical issues revolving around good and evil, the viewers get to see defining moments from Sutherland's past. While often quite visceral, there is no denying that very best scenes are those that take place inside the confessional with only Hurt, Sutherland and the divider. The dialogue is crisp and the emotional intensity is in overdrive.
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I could not watch it. It said it had a wrong regional-gode. I think its unfortunate that it did not say anything about it on the info-page about the movie that it could not be... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
Terrible, don't waste your money. We thought this was a mini series when we bought it but it's only an hour and a half longPublished 4 months ago by Sharon T
thought provoker with good balance of dialog, suspense, and actions, and compact in an hour. now this is a good movie.Published 16 months ago by BJ Jeong