The Reckoning (2004)
International Criminal Court Prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo faces down warlords, genocidal dictators and world superpowers in bringing perpetrators of crimes against humanity to justice.
- R (for some sexuality and violent images)
- Documentary , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
- Directed By:
- Pamela Yates , Paul McGuigan
- Written By:
- Peter Kinoy , Paco de Onis , Pamela Yates , Mark Mills
- In Theaters:
- Mar 5, 2004 Wide
- On DVD:
- Aug 3, 2004
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Critic Reviews for The Reckoning
After a first hour slowed by exposition and a good deal of extraneous subplot development, the story catches fire in the second hour and keeps you engrossed.
It's not Shakespeare in Love, and it really has no third act, but there's wonder in the scenes of theatrical invention, of theater being made up on the spot, a play in the making.
A thoughtful, clever and well-acted diversion.
An ambitious, energetic and wholly satisfying movie about the dawn of dramatic and personal freedom and much more.
Celebrates the craft of acting both in its story and in fine performances by Paul Bettany, Willem Dafoe and Brian Cox.
Once the actors set up shop, and Nicholas gets obsessively involved in proving Martha's innocence, melodrama and ponderousness encroach.
A strong screenplay coupled with an interesting cinematic structure and great images make this an engaging film with tension and texture
[It's] a film with a lot on its mind -- perhaps too much. ... As it is, philosophical dilemmas spread through the film like a plague until they finally claim its life.
It's disappointing that The Reckoning devolves into a costumed murder mystery a la Jean-Jacques Annaud's 1986 film of Umberto Eco's The Name of the Rose.
Although raising intriguing questions about the moral obligation dramatists have to throw a spotlight on taboo subjects, The Reckoning offers simplistic solutions.
Builds cleverly as the mystery deepens, then struggles to bring it all to a conclusion.
A well-done murder mystery.
Wraps itself around Bettany's guilty secrets like a hot-water bottle, leaving more interesting characters in the moral cold
A multilayered snapshot of a decayed and disintegrating feudal system that richly develops themes and characters with an eerie modern resonance.
It is, despite the distractions, just a simple murder story, and the revelations in the end are hardly surprising or noteworthy.
As an existential awakening into the light and triumph of rational thought over superstition, it's an engaging film, but as a murder mystery it plods along as though weighted down by the heavens and more.
... the premise and setting that are intriguing, but the obvious foreshadowing and labored attempt to slowly unravel the facts surrounding the plot are drawbacks.
All that black, combined with the mundanity of the second act, induces us to close our eyes.
The interesting insights give way to undercover constables, and gut-spilling villains
Collapses under the weight of unlikely melodrama and over-pretty visual flourishes...
It's as if the filmmakers had a 14th-century audience in mind, one that had never seen a movie.
It's nothing new to see a film that is better in concept than execution, or a film that wastes a talented cast. Sadly, The Reckoning does both.
That rare period drama that enlivens a historical era rather than feeling mired in it.
A fascinating, dark mystery that echoes aspects of The Name of the Rose and TV's Cadfael.
Audience Reviews for The Reckoning
Well, I have most definitely become a Paul Bettany fan. This movie was really good, and of course he was outstanding in it. The rest of the cast did a great job, also, but I think that he really made this film work. Great storyline, and great camera work.More
A very compelling and entertaing epic mystery. Well-written and very well-performed by it's cast. A dark, riveting and thrilling film. Willem Dafoe and Paul Bettany are extroadinary.More
Starts a little slow but you get captured up in this. I enoyed it, If you like British Film, then you will enjoy this one. For some a rental, other will find it a must for a well Rounded DVD collection.More
The Reckoning Quotes
- Lord de Guise:
- Between faith and reason lies the only true God--power.
- Lord de Guise:
- We decide our destiny. Fate is the religion of the weak. And you don't strike me as weak.
- You soothe your conscience with grand phrases, but it's a weak, contemptible man who trades in the lives of others.
- I wish I was half the man my father was and half the father you deserve.
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