(out of 5)
Powerful and affecting drama about a grief-stricken couple (Tom Wilkinson, Sissy Spacek) who are having trouble coping after a personal tragedy is suffered at the hands of William Mapother. When justice is not not served by the law, Spacek and Wilkinson decide they cannot live in a world without the emotional relief they feel they deserve. The film boasts fantastic performances, especially Spacek and Tomei as the woman connected to their dilemma, and is an intelligent and truthful examination of what happens when couples go through this kind of trauma. In its last act the film goes from serious drama to vengeful action film, which for some will be satisfying and just while others are better off watching Dead Man Walking instead. An excellent directorial debut by actor Todd Field (Eyes Wide Shut).
Directed by Todd Field
Cinematography by Antonio Calvache
Music by Thomas Newman
Production Design by Shannon Hart
Costume Design by Melissa Economy
Film Editing by Frank Reynolds