Time Out says
We enter the fray as Walt starts a new job at a saw mill, a favour grudgingly extended to him by his father’s old boss. He has few friends now. His brother-in-law Carlos (Benjamin Bratt) dutifully visits him on occasion, but his sister refuses outright to see or speak to him. The only other caller at his sparse apartment is local cop Sergeant Lucas (Mos Def), whose visits are of the unwelcome ‘I’m watching you, punk’ sort. It’s a shock, then, when gum-chewing, filthy-mouthed co-worker Vickie (Kyra Sedgwick) takes a shine to Walt, even if she knows nothing of his past crimes. It’s even more of a shock when she reacts calmly to his ‘little secret’.
Kassell’s approach is a valid exercise in how to avoid cliché and hysteria on screen. As such, her tale (co-written with Steven Fechter, author of the original play) sometimes veers towards the overly clinical. But this is a small quibble: Kassell, Bacon and co have produced an intelligent and relevant social drama which should, I suggest, be forcibly screened to the editorial team of the News of the World before they embark on their next self-serving ‘paedo-horror’ exposé.
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David Alan Grier