Year of Release: 2007
Director: Terry George
Approx. Running Time: 103 minutes
My Rating: 3 stars (Out of 5)
From Back Cover:
"GRIPPING... EMOTIONAL... POWERFUL."
-Kevin Steincross, Fox-TV
Academy Award nominee Joaquin Phoenix, Mark Ruffalo and Academy Award winners Jennifer Connelly and Mira Sorvino deliver riveting performances in the gripping thriller Reservation Road. A powerful human story of anger, revenge and great courage, this film takes you on an intense journey that follows two fathers as their families and lives converge after the events of one fateful night.
-Manny the Movie Guy, NBC-TV
Based on the book of the same name, Reservation Road chronicles how one tragic accident can change and even destroy the lives of all involved. Professor Ethan Learner (played by the incomparable Joaquin Phoenix) had the perfect life that he shared with his wife and two children, until a hit-and-run accident left his son dead. Unable to cope with the loss of his son and and frustrated with the slowness of the police investigation, Ethan becomes obsessed with tracking down the culprit - leaving his wife and daughter feeling abandoned - and he begins to plot revenge.
Although the plot has a very "that's been done before" feel to it, the stellar peformances - most notably by Mark Ruffalo, who brings a sense of humanity to the man who is responsible for the boy's death - save it from mediocrity. So much so, in fact, that I considered a four star rating. If I was to be really fair, though, it probably deserves 3 1/2 stars.
Rated R (MPAA)
2007 (Year Of Release)