Reservation Road (DVD)

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Reservation Road (DVD)

A wrenching drama, RESERVATION ROAD is the story of two men whose lives are torn apart by a tragic accident. Ethan Learner (Joaquin Phoenix) and his w...

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Review of "Reservation Road (DVD)"

published 10/09/2008 | missj1988
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Pro Its thrilling, easy on the brain and has Joaquin Phoenix in
Cons It's quite sad, the plot might be a little too easy on the brain
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I found this film to be thrilling and enjoyable. This is a story about a man who commits a hit and run and tries to deal with it. I was surprised that we (the audience) know the culprit, but it suits this movie because this is what provides us with the thrill. I dont want to give too much away with this movie, but the plot is easy to follow, its thrilling and doesn't require alot of thinking.
The acting in it is brilliant. Jennifer Connelly plays a grieving mother extremely well, and works well with Joaquin Phoenix.
I am a huge Joaquin fan so i am biased and i would say his acting was great. Truth be known, this role wasn't his best film he's done, he seems a little distracted from the story at times.
If you want to watch this it requires tissues, its quite sad at times.
I would give it a 9 out of 10, its not a blockbuster but its a nice movie.

Overall i loved this movie!

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  • Soho_Black published 21/12/2008
    Re-rated based on Ciao's insistence that such reviews are no longer considered "Off Topic"
  • Soho_Black published 07/10/2008
    I see you've posted this as a DVD review, but you've not mentioned the DVD features. Are there any extras? If so, what are they and are they any good? If you add to this, or if you change it to be posted as a "Film Only" review, which can be done by accessing "edit review" above the review and changing the drop down menu under the "Which format are you reviewing?" question at the bottom, please let me know and I'll re-rate.
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A wrenching drama, RESERVATION ROAD is the story of two men whose lives are torn apart by a tragic accident. Ethan Learner (Joaquin Phoenix) and his wife Emma (Jennifer Connelly) are consumed with grief after their son Josh (Sean Curley) is struck by a hit and run driver. The man behind the wheel was Dwight Arno (Mark Ruffalo), a divorcee who was racing to get his own son back in time in accordance with a custody agreement. A lawyer himself, Dwight is all too familiar with the consequences of his actions. Unsure of what to do, he panics, then conceals his car in his garage. Lucky for him, the police can't find any leads, and the case quickly turns cold. Time passes, and Emma wants her family to heal and get on with their lives, but Ethan has become consumed with finding his son's killer. In a bizarre coincidence, he shows up at Dwight's office seeking legal advice about how to catch and prosecute the perpetrator. The guilt is eating away at Dwight, and he makes a plan to turn himself in, but not before he has a proper goodbye with his own son. When an image suddenly jars Ethan's memory of the accident, he begins to piece things together, causing him to quickly seek his retaliation, which results in a gripping and emotional stand-off.<BR>Joaquin Phoenix and Jennifer Connelly are excellent as the grieving parents, both offering a painfully realistic portrait of grief. Mark Ruffalo is equally impressive as the tormented and conflicted Dwight. While the film works nicely as both thriller and family drama, it at times has an emotional intensity that can be almost difficult to watch. Yet, all tear-jerking elements aside, director Terry George has crafted a smart and complex tale of loss, and the long, difficult road to healing.


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