Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Movie review: Reservation Road

A late night accident on Reservation Road ending in the death of a 10-year-old boy changes the lives of two families forever. Fleeing from the accident, Dwight later finds himself hired as legal counsel in the same case.

Joaquin Phoenix (Ethan), Elle Fanning (Emma), Jennifer Connelly (Grace), Sean Curley (Josh), Mark Ruffalo (Dwight), Eddie Alderson (Lucas), Mira Sorvino (Ruth), Gary Kohn (Norris), Antoni Corone (Burke).

Reservation Road launches well with some brief character introduction before the auto accident that sets up the main plot. From there the story settles into a dramatic routine punctuated with some mild suspense. As Ethan struggles with his own emotions and the evidence around him to accept what happened to his son and who his killer may be the film delivers a wave of emotions and moral questions. The result is an engaging story that flows well and maintains a good pace.

Acting was good with Phoenix delivering an emotionally solid performance. Ruffalo was surprisingly good in his antagonistic role, also delivering solid emotion throughout. Connelly played well with Phoenix bringing good depth and support. Fanning, Alderson, Sorvino and the remainder of the cast did nicely.

Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were simple but fit the film well and had a realistic feel. Action scenes were mild but presented very well. Dialogue was enjoyable with solid emotion and good plot movement. Sound and soundtrack were simple and enjoyable.

Reservation Road ends up being an entertaining and at times intense crime drama with some solid emotion and an interesting storyline. Those who enjoy darker drama should enjoy this the most.

With some disturbing adult situations, mild sexuality and foul language, this should be fine for older teens and above.

Released: 2007
Reviewed: 12.9.15
Star rating: 4 out of 5
Genre: Drama, Crime Drama, Crime Thriller, Dramas based on books, Thriller

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