The Woodsman (2004)

“Uncommon beauty is commonly overlooked. ” – Walter

Number of Times Seen – Twice (28 Aug 2009 and 21 Mar 2021)

Brief Synopsis – A sex offender is released from prison and tries to get his life back on track, but his past keeps returning to haunt him.

My Take on it – This is a such a fascinating film that works so well largely due to the superb lead performance by Kevin bacon.

The story moves along at a great pace and allows us to get an idea as to the struggles of people like this character and how they try to deal with it.

The best parts of this film is the fact that it tries so hard to explore the premise and idea of identity and how different people see others in various characterizations in their lives.

This character does all he can to try and understand where he fits into the scheme of things and how that defines who he is and who he wants to be even if they are not one in the same.

The supporting cast also helps a lot here with Bacon’s wife Kyra Sedgewick , Mose Def, David Alan Grier and Benjamin Bratt all adding so much to the complex nature of this story.

The film’s analogy of the story of Little Red Riding Hood helps make things resonate more clearly while also giving the audience a familiar reference in order to get a better understanding of how things in life happen.

the theme discussed here are not simple ones, yet they are able to find a way to keep things so engaging and poignant throughout which kept me on the edge of my seat throughout.

Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – As research, director Nicole Kassell interviewed sex offenders, as well as therapists who worked with them. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10)


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