Posted on 11/08/08 03:31 AM
It seems the number one problem people seem to have with this movie is that there are to many plot lines involved. If the movie had kept its simple premise of mother trying to find her son, everyone would be complaining that the plot was way to simple; which in some cases is good like No Country For Old Men.
Eastwood had a lot to work in the 114-mins, including a drama, police corruption drama, horror movie, and ends with a nice very well written Courtroom drama. The only problem with all of those things is that they had a conclusion to all of those, which were not needed in all of them. The only one that was left hanging was the possibility that Collin might have been a survivor.
Beautifully shot (something Eastwood excels at), and very well written, though I think some of the actors might have been able t improvise with the material. All the actors had their characters spot on and never overacted. The Murderer kinda reminded me of Buffalo Bill from Silence of the Lambs
I was a little restless, and I guess it might have been overlong but when i think about it, if he had cut any of the scenes involved the rest of the story might have fallen apart, except for one scene which involves the Murderer of the 20 kids requests to talk to Jolie's character in an interrogation-like room, which was kinda pointless and should have been cut.
Overall what I would have loved to see was a more connection with the main character and the son of her. Then maybe we would have seen more sympathy towards the mother and the son. Connecting with the character and caring for the main character is something Steven Spielberg(my fav. director) Does great with.