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Eminent Domain

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Eminent Domain

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
PG-13
performer:
Anne Archer, Donald Sutherland, Paul Freeman, Jodhi May
director:
John Irvin
distributor:
SVS
genre:
Drama, Mystery and Thriller

We gave it a C-

Set before the fall of the Iron Curtain, this little-seen feature stars Donald Sutherland as a Polish Communist official who suddenly becomes a nonperson. He gets locked out of his office. His phone is bugged. He’s shadowed by strange men. Then things really get bad: His apartment is trashed, his daughter is killed, his wife (Anne Archer) checks into a mental ward. By the time he finally finds out why all this is happening, we hardly care. One problem is that recent world events have rendered this story irrelevant. But what’s worse of Eminent Domain is that it’s unrelievedly dull. Full of inscrutable faces and whispered conversations, the movie seems as carefully suppressed as the totalitarian state it’s attempting to illuminate. What could have been chillingly Kafkaesque is instead merely a trial. C-

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