Years after one of them was abducted and abused, three former friends (Robbins, Penn and Bacon) from the predominantly working class Irish neighbourhood of South Boston find themselves caught up together in an arena of distrust, hatred and betrayal after the murder of Penn's teenage daughter. Though not, apparently, quite as rich a study of community relations as the Dennis Lehane novel on which Brian Helgeland's script is based, the film does largely succeed in its strategy of focusing on character, motivation and milieu rather than on police procedure and straightup action. It is in many ways Eastwood's tightest movie for some time, and certainly his darkest since Unforgiven; indeed, the ending offers as corrosive an assessment of the limits of American justice as anything in his career. The use of the director's own main musical theme is a little heavy-handed, and Linney's Lady Macbeth speech is a touch too explicit to convince, but the sheer classical elegance of Eastwood's direction is a delight.
Cast and crew
Kevin Bacon Tim Robbins Marcia Gay Harden Adam Wahlberg Kevin Chapman Laurence Fishburne Andrew Mackin Sean Penn Thomas Guiry Emmie Rossum Spencer Treat Clark Laura Linney
A solid thriller, this is one Clint Eastwood's better offerings in my opinion. Focusing around 3 friends, one of which was subjected to horrifying abuse as a child, they are forced to confront each other as adults when one of their teenage daughter's is murdered.
Sean Penn is fantastic as the grieving father, torn between doing the right thing and finding justice for his child. Tim Robbins is incredibly believable as a damaged soul and Kevin Bacon is good as always as the devoted cop.
The twist is good, although a little predictable and the ending is a little disappointing but still a good movie with done tremendous acting.