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Golden Globe® Award winner Jon Hamm of MAD MEN stars as Detective Tom Adkins, a devoted cop haunted by the unsolved disappearance of his young son eight years earlier. But when Adkins discovers the buried remains of a boy who was brutally murdered more than half a century ago, he becomes obsessed with investigating the long-forgotten crime. Is the 1958 mystery surrounding down-on-his-luck family man Matthew Wakefield (Josh Lucas of GLORY ROAD) and his own abducted son linked in any way to Adkins tragedy? And even if Adkins can prove a connection, can he face the shocking truth about the killer? Rhona Mitra (BOSTON LEGAL, DOOMSDAY), Morena Baccarin (SERENITY) and James Van Der Beek co-star in this harrowing thriller about the parallel lives of two men for whom secrets will not stay hidden when hope has been STOLEN.
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A policeman (actor John Hamm)investigates the discovery of a child's body in a box in the foundation of a 50 year old building and determines that the death of the child is connected to the disappearance of his small boy ten years before. Meanwhile, a parallel story is occurring some 50 years before to another man (actor Josh Lucas) and the disappearance of his small boy. In each cases the father took his eyes off of his child for a short time and in each case the child disappeared, never to be found.
Now, the detective searches for what happened to the boy in the box, hoping to somehow find his son alive. As the suspense builds and the two stories begin to head toward an intersection, the emotional intensity of the movie takes it from an ordinary whodunnit to tour de force of the power of love, grief, and reconciliation.
The acting is superb, the directing is gifted, and the simplicity of the various settings and characters remind me of another great movie based on Harper Lee's Pulitzer prize winning "To Kill a Mockingbird".
James van der Beek, a long way from Dawson's Creek, also turns in a good performance as a hired hand who knows something about the 1958 case.
Worth a look.
This is an intriguing premise on the surface but it doesn't come off. The movie is a slow ride and some of the plot elements, such as Josh Lucas' hooking up with a married woman with a violent husband, just don't make sense. Then there's the climax. This is the scene where everything is supposed to come together and it falls flat. This is a poorly written scene containing some skewed logic and it felt lousy that I had to sit through this slowness to get to this scene and be fed this garbage.
The acting is decent though nobody is really straining their milk. The production values, music, etc. are all decent. This fails at the script level. I gave it 3 stars but it could easily slide back to 2 and a half. If you think you want to see a movie like this try reaching for Gone Baby Gone. It's much better.
The movie focuses on two fathers, one modern day cop that had his son vanish 8 years ago. The other father is seen in flashbacks from 1950's and his missing son is found in a box buried in cement many years later. This could have been a great premise for a mystery-thriller...Cop with missing son tries to solve the 50 year old murder of another man's young son...not such a bad idea...The writers just were not creative enough to fill in the blanks with likable characters, believable actors and a story that is interesting. A good mystery usually isn't action-packed and I expect somewhat of a slower pace and more detail than an action movie...but this movie just dragged and anytime it tried to be suspenseful, it just didn't deliver. It wasn't an action movie but it wasn't a "thinking" type of movie either.
A good mystery story should make you think and keep you guessing. It should have a few red herrings, clues and a reason to care about the characters. This movie had none of that.Read more ›
When Hamm's son goes missing at a rural town carnival, there are no leads in the disappearance. Hamm, a local police officer, doggedly pursues the case to no avail. When a child's body is unearthed many years later, Hamm is convinced it's his son. But the body has been in the ground far too long, even though it bears a disturbing similarity to the current investigation. Through flashbacks and alternating timelines, we are then introduced to Lucas decades before--and you know that this story will explain the unmarked grave. And if Hamm can unravel this mystery, it just might help him determine what happened to his own son. Again, I thought both actors did well and both of the stories had grittiness and emotional anguish.
However, the actual mystery is a bit of a no-brainer, not altogether believable, and lacks the impact necessary to drive this tale home to a successful conclusion. I was left with my first reaction of "Duh...Read more ›
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A very depressing story about a man who had his son abducted when he stepped away for just a moment… extremely authentic and well done. A drama worth seeing!Published 12 months ago by ClarityOfMind
This was an excellent, moving movie with a great performance by Jon Hamm. I just don't get it. This movie was practically ignored when it was released and did not get good... Read morePublished on April 9, 2014 by cuppajoe