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A nail-biting psychological thriller, that never lets you go. Set in New York State, the story center's on juvenile murderer, Eric Poole, who at 18, is released from jail having served his sentence for the murder of a young girl. Russell Crowe plays the hard-bitten detective who put him away and who is sure that Poole is a potential serial killer who will reoffend. He makes it his mission to keep Poole under surveillance as he sets off on a seemingly innocent road trip up-state. But all is not
Nov 5, 2008 Wide
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Crowe's lumbering presence is a relief from all the gothic heaviness, but director John Polson's elliptical storytelling style quickly becomes an irritant.
A movie undone by its formulaic plot conventions, and its need to give its star more screen time than his characters merits.
Crowe, who spends the movie trudging along ... and waxing lyrical about pain and pleasure, must be hoping no one sees this mawkish blunder. He will probably get his wish.
An arty psychological thriller that never catches fire as either a serial killer flick or character study.
The picture is crowded with captivating tones and contemplation, navigating a tricky tale of murder, perversion, and obsession with a fine edge of suspense and an interesting take on the human condition.
Polson maintains an unsettling tension throughout the narrative, building his slow-burn thriller to a climax that deliberately runs counter to the in-your-face genre principles of which he proved such a master with his first two thriller outings.
Since moving to Hollywood, Australian director John Polson has become a very competent filmmaker. I hope he finds better scripts for his future projects.
It's hard to understand what keeps these characters moving, and without true indie grit or the runaway tension that would otherwise satisfy the multiplex, Tenderness drops somewhere in-between...and that is mostly a disappointing nowhere.
Cormier himself called Tenderness a tough book written in "a minor key" and perhaps Polson was inspired by the description. But if so, he doesn't come close.
This is a fascinating study, but the adaptation struggles to get the story across with as much punch as it might. On the other hand, John Polson shows a lucid eye for the genre
Audience Reviews for Tenderness
- Lt. Cristofuoro: My wife says there are two kinds of people, those chasing pleasure and those running from pain.
- Lori Cranston: Nothing changes! Nothing changes!
- Lori Cranston: You're just a small beans cop with a vegetable wife.
- Lt. Cristofuoro: He's addicted to the intimacy of the kill, the tenderness.
- Lori Cranston: I mean, I'm not all Susie-Creamcheese, or whatever.
- Lt. Cristofuoro: You're a psychopathic, Eric. You know it and I know it. You're going to kill again. And I want to prevent that from happening.
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