Although THE WOODSMAN is very well-written and smoothly directed (in a subdued sort of way), I suspect the movie will earn most of its praise because it houses one seriously excellent performance by Kevin Bacon. While his effort here comes as no surprise (the guy's done a lot of great work over the years), Bacon delivers a performance that's both quietly commanding and surprisingly sympathetic - which is a tough act to balance when you're asked to play a confessed pedophile. You'll find yourself feeling for this guy ... even though you know you probably shouldn't.
As usual, Bacon is flanked by his real-life wife Kyra Sedgwick, which is cool because she's a damn fine actor in her own right. The supporting cast is completely strong across the board, although I was most impressed by Mos Def and his performance as a coolly intimidating police sergeant.
Deleted & Extended Scenes: A trio of sections cut from the final film: "Walter and Vicki Almost Break Up" didn't make it into the movie at all, while "Walter and Vicki at the River" and "Walter and Robin in Park #2" had brief moments snipped here and there. All feature great work from Bacon (not a shock), but were probably cut for good reason.
"Getting It Made" Featurette: This five-minute sit-down with producer Lee Daniels brings us the "Woodsman" backstory from script to casting to financing. It's a brief-yet-informative reminder of how most indie flicks get made ... if they're lucky.
Trailers: Theatrical trailers for The Woodsman, A Love Song for Bobby Long, D.E.B.S., Boogeyman, Imaginary Heroes, Silver City, and The Merchant of Venice.