Written July 26, 2016
Although the actors in the film do a fantastic job, I did not find it very enjoyable to watch. It seemed to drag on quite a while. In fact, when the credits rolled my fellow moviegoer to my left said "Halleluia."
I typically enjoy or find something interesting in most movies I see, unfortunately this one I could not. I often asked myself during the film what the point of the movie was. By the end, I was trying to review in my mind what the filmmaker wanted to say or what the message was, but there just didn't seem to be one.
Skip it or see it on video if you are curious.
Written October 01, 2016
A beautiful, deep and haunting film. The complexities of life, choices, consequences, and the impact of fatherhood resonate deeply. Not fast food film, but a complex meal to digest.
Written February 12, 2016
The trailers for this film imply some kind of high-tension cop movie featuring two of Hollywood's favorite leading men. It isn't. It is 180 degrees from a high-tension cop movie If you're a guy, take your date there as the camera is on both these guys for a long time (sequentially, almost never together) and that seems to satisfy the ladies. If you're a gal, please don't take a guy to this movie. He'll be doing everything he can not to check is his email.
Written September 25, 2016
The movie was only moderately interesting to me. While it had a cast of gifted actors, the director did not seem to get much out of them. Two standouts were Ben Mendelsohn and Emory Cohen in supporting roles as a well-meaning auto repairman and a drug-obsessed high school bully, respectively, although it defied any credulity to think that the twenty three year old Cohen, often sporting a heavy five o'clock shadow, was young enough to still be in high school.
The other problem was that the story line did not seem all that interesting. Alienation and dysfunction between fathers and sons? So what? Even this was not really explored in any interesting detail.
Written October 26, 2016
The character development was thorough and a little disturbing. As was the presentation of an unfortunate outcome of synchro destiny. I really fell for Ryan and Bradley's well acted characters.., this means I was convinced not enamored. Neither was lovable however each presented a sympathetic dimension to human frailty and bad behavior. Eva Mendes was also believable in her role.