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Franco is brilliant as the junkie son and McDormand is solid as ...
on September 13, 2015
If you're looking for a fast-paced, action-packed cop thriller, give this a miss. It's a (at times painfully) slow paced, brooding study of a cop attempting to connect with his adult junkie son after ignoring his existence for years. De Niro is unconvincing as the dad, working way too hard to seem sincere while struggling to deliver unrealistic, turgid dialogue that often tends to speechifying. On the plus side, Franco is brilliant as the junkie son and McDormand is solid as the cop's doormat squeeze. Dushku fans beware: she has very little screentime. It's watchable, but the characters never really engaged me and I would have expected so much more from a talented director like Caton-Jones. The reviewer quoted on the case said "Fast paced. thrilling and deeply moving. De Niro is brilliant." Guess he saw a different movie.