The Reckoning - 2003 (R)


Year of Release: 2003
Rated: R
Director: Paul McGuigan
Approx. Running Time: 112 minutes
Format(s): DVD
My Rating: 4 Stars

From Back Cover:

-Ebert & Roeper

Willem Dafoe (Shadow of the Vampire) and Paul Bettany (Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World) deliver powerful performances in this riveting story of temptation, murder and redemption.

Against the turbulent backdrop of England during the Middle Ages, a priest (Bettany), on the run from his disgraceful past, encounters a ragtag band of traveling actors who are searching for their next performance. Soon after arriving together at an unknown village, the troupe discovers that a mute woman has been sentenced to death for the murder of a local boy. To seek out the truth, the leader of the actors (Dafoe) decides to break tradition of performing biblical plays and stages a performance based on the alleged facts of the crime.

Suddenly the stage becomes the setting for solving a spellbinding that will reveal the power of art, the temptation of evil and the ultimate cost of justice.

My Comments:

If you are at all a fan of period/historical dramas, you'll love this one. The cinematography is beautiful, the acting is superb, and it has an engaging story.

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Rated R (MPAA)
4 Stars
2003 (Year of Release)
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