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Movie Review: 'The Pledge'

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The Pledge

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
124 minutes
Wide Release Date:
01/19/01
performer:
Jack Nicholson, Robin Wright, Benicio Del Toro, Aaron Eckhart, Helen Mirren, Vanessa Redgrave, Mickey Rourke, Sam Shepard, Harry Dean Stanton
director:
Sean Penn
Producers:
Clyde is Hungry Productions, Franchise Pictures, Morgan Creek Productions
distributor:
Warner Bros.
author:
67539, 72387
genre:
Drama, Mystery and Thriller

We gave it a B

Sean Penn‘s third film as a director is a psychological murder mystery in which the central character is at once investigator, possible suspect, and angst-ridden carrier of the world’s woes, and damned if Penn doesn’t draw you inside this labyrinth of existential murk. When the mutilated body of an 8-year-old girl is found in the Nevada snow, Jerry Black (Jack Nicholson), a weary, just-retired homicide detective, stays on the case. Nicholson gives a haunting and ravaged performance, and Penn shows real flair — for visual suspense, for holding his actors in the throes of slow-motion breakdown. Yet as the film slides from the intriguing to the contrived, the events acquire a metaphysical vagueness.

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