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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 15
Cast
Mark Wahlberg
Joaquin Phoenix
Charlize Theron
James Caan
Faye Dunaway
Directors
James Gray
Screenwriters
Nick Wechsler
Paul Webster
Kerry Orent
Running Time
115 minutes

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Plot
Leo returns home from prison where he did time without implicating his accomplices, chiefly Willie. Desperate mum Val (Ellen Burstyn) begs sister Kitty and brother-in-law Frank to help Leo. But Frank is dirty, and Leo is soon witness to bribery, sabotage and murder. Again, Willie pressures Leo to bear the bad secrets of others.


Verdict
Better in execution than in content, and Gray will be a name to watch once his talents are allied to a better screenplay, for he is undoubtedly a gifted, distinctive visual artist. Just as well, since the writing here is full of ideas, but gloomily ambiguous and lacking in originality or excitement.


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