Number of Times Seen – 1 (10 Jul 2016)
Brief Synopsis – Two stories about love and betrayal are told when a photographer visits a crime scene from 125 years earlier in a small New England town.
My Take on it – This is a film that takes two stories that seemingly have a connecting and try to combine them despite taking place more than a century apart.
The idea here was a good one, but it in the end it feels too busy and complicated instead of interesting.
The connections and similarities between the stories feel too much like a stretch instead of flowing well and this also hurts the time jumps between the two stories.
The cast is actually quite talented here, but they are wasted by the convoluted storyline that takes too long to reveal its true nature due to too much exposition cluttering the story and not letting it flow smoothly.
Sean Penn, Sarah Polley, Mary McCormack, Josh Lucas, Ciaran Hinds and Elizabeth Hurley just can’t overcome the storyline as it was written.
Kathryn Bigelow does a fine job directing here and we get some great camera work in some of the scenes, but unfortunately the story could have been tighter and ultimately more interesting which is quite a shame.
Bottom Line – The problem with this film is that it’s too busy and tries too hard to try and connect both stories which basically seem to be completely unrelated. Nice cast is wasted by too much exposition that takes too long to get to its point. Some nice camera work for Bigelow, but overall, this could have been much tighter and more interesting.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Based on an actual double-murder on the Isles of Shoals on 6 March 1873. (From IMDB)
Rating – BAFTA Worthy
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