What Doesn't Kill You (2008)
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Inspired by his own tough childhood on the unforgiving streets of South Boston, director/co-screenwriter (along with Paul T. Murray and Donnie Wahlberg) Brian Goodman's tough-talking crime drama follows the journey of two childhood friends as they attempt to sever their powerful underworld ties. Ever since they were just young kids, Brian (Mark Ruffalo) and Paulie (Ethan Hawke) have always watched out for one another. From the petty crimes and misdemeanors of childhood to more serious criminal
Dec 12, 2008 Wide
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The overfamiliarity of What Doesn't Kill You is redeemed by a full-scale performance from Mark Ruffalo.
I thought that Brian Goodman managed to put us in this hardscrabble South Boston neighborhood.
It feels, if not like real life, at least like a movie you haven't seen before.
This is a rare case of a movie that improves dramatically as it goes along.
The territory is familiar, both geographically and thematically. But that doesn't detract from its authenticity and power.
The film won't win any prizes for originality, but it's elevated by two hugely engaging performances from Ruffalo and Hawke. Rubbish title, though.
Kill You, while stewing in the juices of unapologetic formula, is a more of a direct injection of stark criminal behavior punctuated by exhilarating performances and a soulful dedication to the moody rhythms of despair.
A mostly gripping, well-acted and surprisingly engrossing crime drama. Mark Ruffalo delivers an Oscar worthy performance that's both sensitive and surprisingly moving.
The film is caught in the tension between wanting to provide depth of social implication and gunplay action but the symbiosis doesn't multiply the effect.
Goodman doesn't allow even a hint of postmodernism or self-consciousness to creep into What Doesn't Kill You, and though the movie's various heists and shootouts are gripping, they aren't especially kinetic or stylish.
Been there, seen that-many times-is the best one can say for this wholly predictable autobiographical account of a life in crime.
The film is well done, gritty and raw, clearly showing the desperation in a city where opportunities are limited and crime is just another job. Ethan Hawke is a pretty risky choice as he just screams supermodel, not gangster, but after a bit of drooling,
I guess I should just be happy it didn't end up worse and hope these guys don't come hurt me for saying all this.
It's admirable that Brian Goodman came back from life on the streets, two jail terms and a bad drug habit to make a movie, but considering its real life genesis the movie feels awfully warmed over
Though hardly a failure, What Doesn't Kill You is in the final measure definitely not what it could have been.
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