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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published 27/06/2009 | aadnan613
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"Reservation Road is subtle and emotional."

I saw reservation road last week,i know its pretty late,but who cares!I had high expectations and I am glad that i watched this movie. In the recent past,there has been films with more than one family involved,families being linked by an accident.But wait,this is not two parallel stories,this is one story interlinking the two families.
It deals with human loss,anger and forgiveness-a plot that has been explored by a few directors/writers recently.This film didn’t pave any new path in the same genre but what really stood out for me were the performances and the way the story unfolded.
We see two families,different from each other,one a happy family of 4 while the other comprising of a divorced husband-wife and their only children.The film emphasizes mainly on the relation of the two dads with their boy,one angry and devastated by the loss of his boy,while the other afraid to lose his.
The script unravels at its own pace and opens up both the characters very appropriately,making us realise what each of them are going through.
Watch out for Jaquoin Phoenix and Mark Ruffalo’s performances,especially the former.
This is not ur average pop corn flick but you would seriously like it if you like quality cinema!


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  • TheHairyGodmother published 07/10/2009
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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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