Reviewed byShepVote: 6/10/10
Hollywood movies like this come out all the time. Before DomesticDisturbance came Don't Say A Word. These types of movies have theoccasional pretty good lines and familiar Hollywood actors you all know andlove. At times, you think to yourself that the movie is really good. Butthen it just gets so predictable, and by the end of the movie (which youpredicted, and were right), you feel warm and happy the good guys one, butstill cheated. C+, 6/10
Reviewed byFlickJunkie-2Vote: 5/10/10
What is it with John Travolta? He can command just about any script hedesires, and he signs on for the lead in this pedestrian rubbish? The manhas talent, but he needs some serious career counseling. This script is noteven TV grade. A kid has cried wolf a couple of times so the police don'tbother to follow up when he claims he saw his step father murder someone;yes, that's very realistic. The screenplay would make any Wisconsin dairyfarmer proud. It has so many holes that it is better classified asfantasy/comedy than drama.
I'm surprised that this product comes from director Harold Becker (`TheOnion Field', "Malice') who has given us a couple of fine thrillers. Besides the flimsy script, the cinematography is annoyingly underexposed. If Becker was trying for a dark look, he achieved it, because the film is sodark that much of the time you can only tell who's speaking by voicerecognition, and that's outdoors during the day!
If there is anything that saves this film from the abyss, it is the acting. Travolta is sometimes fantastic and sometimes awful. In this film he isvery good, especially considering the material with which he has to work. Matthew O'Leary is particularly good as the troubled son. He gives aconvincing performance, capturing the motivations of his charactereffectively with all the conflict one would expect from a kid in hissituation. Vince Vaughn gives a decent performance, though he is a bittentative when trying to be duplicitous. He is much more convincing as avillain than a good guy. Steve Buscemi is one of my favorite bad guys,extremely underrated and unappreciated for his consistently sleazycharacters. Again, he gives us a terrifically slimy portrayal of Rick'sformer underworld buddy.
To enjoy this film you have to look beyond the tired plot, the unbelievabledepartures from reality and the poor cinematography. These are just toomany liabilities to overcome. I rated it a 5/10.
Reviewed byCubcreerVote: 3/10/10
This movie was just trifling, right from the start. I tried to give it afair shake, but repeated examples of terrible acting (let's just say thekidwon't win an Oscar) and even worse writing (watch the step dad and kidplaycatch, brutal) just wouldn't allow me to. I saw the trailer and expecteditto be a tense thriller, with a lot of suspense, but all I could do waslaugh, and feel bad for doing so. The only reason this movie got a ratingashigh as it did (3), was Steve Buscemi's role in the movie. Buscemi isgreatas always, but enough to save this movie.
Susan Morrison is getting married to wealthy industrialist Rick Barnes. Danny, her teenage son with ex-husband Frank, isn't happy about this; he stows away in Rick's car one night, planning to go to Frank's house. But while there, he witnesses Rick murdering mysterious stranger Ray Coleman. Problem is, Rick's managed to dispose of most of the evidence, and he's considered a pillar of the community, while Danny has a history of lying. Frank believes him, though, and does some investigating of his own, as Rick's shady past slowly catches up to him and his new family.