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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
12
Cast
Robert Redford
Helen Mirren
Willem Dafoe
Alessandro Nivola.
Directors
Pieter Jan Brugge.
Screenwriters
Justin Haythe.
Running Time
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The Clearing
Thoughtful kidnap melodrama with Robert Redford and Helen Mirren.


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Plot
Wayne and Eileen are rudely awoken from their American dream when an ordinary Joe takes successful business man Wayne hostage. Wayne must negotiate himself out of the situation and Eileen secure his release. As the ordeal goes on the couple find a deeper connection exists between them.


Review
How the hell did this thoughtful kidnap melodrama head straight to video? After all, The Clearing has a hell of a cast - Robert Redford as the hostage, Willem Dafoe as the kidnapper, Helen Mirren as the put-upon wife - while debut director Pieter Jan Brugge uses shifting timeframes, and that sure-footed star trio, to heighten the emotional impact of what would otherwise be a very slight story.

Once Brugge learns to pace a movie beyond sluggish - The Clearing seems much longer than its 91 minutes - he could be one to watch.


Verdict
Once Brugge learns to pace a movie beyond sluggish - The Clearing seems much longer than its 91 minutes - he could be one to watch.


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A little gem

I hadn't heard much about this other than seeing the trailer before many of Fox's recent releases. Having purchased it on special offer a few weeks ago I finally go t round to watching it.....and loved it. It's thought provoking, considered, beautifully shot and finely acted. Admittedly the pace is sedately but all in all a powerful and moving 90 minutes. ... More

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Posted by Rob at 10:11, 02 October 2006 | Report This Post


A little gem

I hadn't heard much about this other than seeing the trailer before many of Fox's recent releases. Having purchased it on special offer a few weeks ago I finally go t round to watching it.....and loved it. It's thought provoking, considered, beautifully shot and finely acted. Admittedly the pace is sedately but all in all a powerful and moving 90 minutes. ... More

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Posted by Rob at 10:11, 02 October 2006 | Report This Post



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