The Clearing (2004)


“You know, I never talked to him about it. I never ask him why. I just told him to get rid of her, and we got on with our life. I didn’t want to know. I love him, and she admires him” – Eileen Hayes

Number of Times Seen – Twice (3 Sep 2007 and 27 Jan 2021)

Brief Synopsis – After a business is kidnapped by a former employee, his wife contacts the FBI in order to find a way to save him.

My Take on it – This is a film that I saw years ago and was quite interested in seeing what I would think of it on a rewatch since I didn’t recall much of it.

The premise of the film is told in a very simple fashion, yet they find powerful ways to tell this story.

The trio of leads here are all quite talented and they help enhance the story even more.

Robert Redford, Willem Dafoe and Helen Mirren all manage to make us care about their characters since each are dealing with different aspects of the same incident.

The dialogue is great and is able to help develop these characters on an even deeper level because we learn so much not just by what they say, but how they say it.

The film is deliberately paced quite slowly in order to raise the level of suspense and intrigue as things progress.

The story is presented in a very suspenseful and thrilling manner which keeps things so engaging throughout.

The way that things play out is done really well and the various twists and turns in the story along the way make things even more fascinating to follow.

Bottom Line – Simple premise that works so well due to the powerful performances of the trio of leads.  The dialogue is great and allows us to get an idea of who each of these people are as the story unfolds. The deliberately slow pacing helps keep things even more suspenseful and thrilling to watch as things progress. The story plays out really well and manages to give us some interesting twists and turns along the way that enhance things so much. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – First movie featuring Robert Redford to be screened at the Sundance Film Festival. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)

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