Review Date: July 05, 2004
Director: Pieter Jan Brugge
Writer: Justin Haythe
Producers: Pieter Jan Brugge, Jonah Smith, Palmer West
Helen Mirren, playing Redford's wife stuck at home with the FBI, also handled her part extremely well, presenting us with a portrait of a woman who doesn't seem to possess the capacity to convey overt emotion, but who ultimately learns much about herself and her husband, through the very unfortunate proceedings. The kids might've been better exploited in the movie, and I wasn't particularly pulled into any deeper emotional recesses, but in the end, I quite enjoyed the picture, particularly for the performances, the directing (I love how the film opened with both characters going through their typical morning routines, and the fact that the ultimate revelation wasn't shown on screen, as much as it was alluded to, at first), its cinematography and the mannered pace at which both the plotline and its revelations were dropped into our laps. This might be one of my shortest reviews this year, but there's really not much more to say. The film is sure to connect with the over-40 crowd more than the younger folk and I personally wouldn't mind watching it again on DVD (the more you talk about certain elements, the clearer they become) Don't go in expecting a thriller and you might be happily surprised by this engaging psychological character drama with elements of suspense.