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on August 12, 2010
How does one make things right? Seek forgiveness? Where does redemption reside and how do you get there? How does a wounded soul reconcile guilt?
This is a slow and thoughtful character study set during a grim and dreary winter in an urban town.
This is not a Hollywood movie. It's raw with real life. It's apparent ugliness is its sheer inescapable beauty.
Morality does exist no matter how we try to hide.
Thornton, after spending over 20 years in prison for the murder of a young convenience store clerk during a robbery gone haywire in his youth, is drawn to return to his old neighborhood to visit the older sister of the young man he killed, played by Holly Hunter. She doesn't quite know who he really is since so many years have gone by.
Thornton was content to live out his remaining years behind bars but must now face his past because his sentence was suddenly commuted.
Bleak with melancholy, this type of film gets shunned by audiences and it's a shame.
Morgan Freeman plays a mysterious soup kitchen minister who has his own issues, whom Thornton comes to work for. Freeman is a natural actor and believable in any role.
The story unfolds slowly without gimmicks.
At times, Thornton happens to find himself visited by the ghostly apparition of the young man whom he killed, while he is in the process of seeking resolution and atonement.
His simple desire is to somehow make amends. He wants to be forgiven but, strangely, he is unable and unwilling to forgive himself.
Unfortunately, unresolved redemption seems to be too deep a theme for contemporary audiences who are hooked on chills and thrills and pyrotechnics.
This is an independent film, the kind that many people just don't get.
A movie for your quiet time or a rainy night. Something different and refreshing.
And no silly happy ending to mar the procedings.
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on May 9, 2013
This movie has a strong social message without being 'preachy.' Wonderful acting, gritty inner-city staging. There's a message to reveal in here, IF you will allow it to change your point of view, you can leave a better person. Powerfully emotional, cerebral,
potentially painful, healing. Obviously not for everybody, but intensely rewarding for those who care. Loved it!
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on March 12, 2015
Great acting. Intelligent writing.
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on July 25, 2016
Great movie, great cast, great story, well acted. STAY focused or you will miss something important.
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on June 12, 2016
Morality play about a sad sack ex-con with a conscience
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on October 9, 2013
one of Billy Bob Thornton's best ... Morgan Frreeman is outstanding... this is one fantastic movie... i loved every minute from start to finish... this is acting at its very best...
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on December 30, 2015
Really liked this film...was worth ordering and watching.
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on January 23, 2016
Great Movie !!!
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on March 17, 2014
Another great with Billy Bob Thornton. The cast is wonderful. They all help to portray a timeless story of love and redemption.
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on January 15, 2013
Full of surprises, Billy Bob plays an excellent role along with Morgan Freeman. I found it very entertaining and enjoyable.
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