Redford's perf is prosaic at best. Brugee does a sensational job for his first picture, and presents himself like he's been doing film-making all his life. We learn a lot about Wayne as he and Arnold talk. However, the scenes of dialogue between Mirren and her daughter are perhaps the most tedious parts of the film, due mainly to the fact that Sagemiller is not a good actress, and unfortunately we get to see more of the scenes between Mirren and her daughter, then scenes with Mirren and her son. Instead, they use the crime here as the engine to drive their parallel psychological portraits. Redford, I got films like The Last Castle, Spy Games and The Horse Whisperer as their reference to the name. A movie that begins with a pleasant morning in an ordinary marriage is never about mornings or marriages.
Eileen is a stealthy force. But the family's dream life becomes nightmarish when disgruntled employee Arnold Mack Willem Dafoe kidnaps Wayne and holds him for ransom. Wayne is a self-made man who has taken too many risks. On the 3rd of August, 2009, he was riding his bicycle and failed to give right of way to a digger, which ran him over, leading to his death on the same day. And that is the strength of this movie. Based on the kidnapping of a Dutch industrialist, Pieter Jan Brugge's The Clearing shows two different takes on the American dream.
But since most of its thrilling moments involve character exploration, be warned. Suddenly the man who at one point in his life prided himself on being a cunning negotiator finds his fate resting in the hands of a kidnapper Willem Dafoe who has nothing to lose and everything to gain. She keeps going even when it is obvious that something has gone wrong -- swimming in her pool, holding a birthday party for her grandchild, and waiting before calling the police because she thinks that her husband may have left her. Instead, director Pieter Jan Brugge can let his actors do what they do best and wow us with the way they work a camera and capture an audience using a look or a sneer. Based on this ignorance the word sounds a lot stronger than it is intended , I don't expect to see the character driven The Clearing burning up the box office figures when it is released amongst a host of summer blockbusters.
You've been served a character study, MuSe style. Craven played Tom Kelly head of the branch that built the lunar module , while Ms. If you were enjoying the film, it yanks you out, and calls the director's intent into question. This scene is written so precisely and acted so well that it sidesteps all the hazards of jealousy and sensation, and becomes simply a discussion of emotional realities. Motive being solely money and a second chance at life, Arnold toys with Wayne's wife Eileen Helen Mirren and the F.
And there is another scene, after that, indirectly dealing with psychological truth, with why people do the things they do, although I must say no more. When Wayne does not show up for that evening's dinner party, Eileen calls the police, and an investigation is launched. Not that that is an insult to the film, their discussions are very carefully and skillfully written, it is just that we are expecting this movie to go places, it doesn't go. These time lines are not parallel, a fact that eventually occurs to us, along with its implications. These great men might never be equaled. After decades of happy marriage and a life surrounded by luxury and wealth, Wayne Hayes, a successful car-rental businessman and his loving wife Eileen, are looking forward to a tranquil and comfortable retirement. Perhaps he even sort of remembers him, or feels that good manners requires him to say that he does.
With an only 90 minute running time, I kept wondering how they were going to wrap everything up. She reels you into to feeling her emotions about this horrible and stressful situation. This makes the film—from that point on—uneven. This is a maudlin, predictable kidnapping drama further bogged down by endless close-ups of Mirren's tiresomely anguished face. Looking at his last 10 or so role choices, a better selection could not have been made. That angers Eileen, who knew about it but didn't want them to know. The interrogation introduces a life underneath outward appearances; the suspicions, the secrets, the inadequacies, and what can happen along the way to achieving the American dream.
She copes surprisingly well with catastrophe, to the point of eeriness. Images © 2004 Fox Searchlight Pictures. There is interesting dialogue building up to an uncertain climax. Matt Craven agent Ray Fuller and Diana Scarwid Eva Finch worked together in the highly acclaimed mini-series From the Earth to the Moon 1998 , in which Mr. Pieter assembled the perfect cast for his directorial debut.
Everything changes when Wayne is kidnapped in broad daylight by a former employee, Arnold Mack. What eventually happens will emerge from the personalities of the characters, not from the requirements of Hollywood endings. The cast of The Clearing - 2004 includes: Tony Amen as Customer in Supermarket Tom Arcuragi as Mr. I think film scholars would appreciate The Clearing substantially more than then the general public. Wayne Hayes Robert Redford and his wife, Eileen Helen Mirren , seem to have it all. Willem Dafoe right herds Robert Redford through the woods in The Clearing. Arnold says the men who hired him are waiting in a cottage at the end of their walk, and Wayne asks him why those men should honor their deal with him.
It's a relief to finally see Redford in a role fitting his age, with an age-appropriate spouse and adult children, including Alessandro Nivola not playing his usual sensual snake. Indeed, The Clearing directed by Pieter Jan Brugge, who produced films like Heat and attempts to contribute to this genre. He lives with his perpetually disappointed wife and her father in a row house in a nearby city. Sensing that, we grow absorbed in the story, knowing that what happens along the way will decide what happens at the end. She warmly recounts stories of him to her children. Just because there is no action does not mean a film is bad.
Suddenly, the life of the accomplished entrepreneur and seasoned negotiator rests entirely in the hands of his nervous, yet ruthless kidnapper who has nothing to lose and everything to gain. When both men are climbing through the woods, Wayne pauses to rest, and Arnold cocks his handgun and discharges it, aiming for, and hitting the trunk of a nearby tree, to show that he means business. They know how to make a conventional thriller but are not interested in making one. All in all, much better than expected and well worth renting. It is a sheep in wolf's clothing. Sometimes it is done well Man on Fire , sometimes bad Proof of Life and most times, Hollywood and test audiences determine the ending or the amount of drama they will allow their leading cast to perform Ransom.