Touching tale, but didn't live up to its full potential.
PLOT:Based on the Springsteen song, "Highway Patrolman", Sean Penn directs this feature about a cop, Joe (David Morse), who tries to reconnect with his brother, Frank (Viggo Mortenson) but his growing range keeps him from reconnecting and it becomes even worse as his wife (Patricia Arquette) is pregnant with his kid. It is a plot filled with potential, but it just comes out a little unsteady with lacking...SEE OTHER CONTENT
ACTING:Some very good performances in here. Mortenson and Morse play their parts very well. Arquette also does a decent job, but is kind of let down as she is the comoc relief of the fil at times.
SCORE:Great soundtrack and well done score.
EFFECTS:This is the movie's high point whether you choose to agree or not, for the birthing scene with Arquette, is actually a real-life birth of a baby. I it's her or not I don't know, but that's a real scene. If it's not, then they did a damn good job of simulating.
OTHER CONTENT:Now to finish my statement in plot....emotional potential. It had so much emotion bottled up to leaking points, but that's all that got out was the leaks. It was a good film, but it could've packed a better emotional punch.
OVERALL,a good drama with a kind of unsteady plot, very good acting, great soundtrack/score, real effects, and emotional lack.