Ash Wednesday (2002)
Critic Reviews for Ash Wednesday
With more swagger than Saint Pat on Snake Day, Edward Burns struts around 1983 Hell's Kitchen in search of a Sopranos audition.
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An ambitious, guilt-suffused melodrama crippled by poor casting.
This time Mr. Burns is trying something in the Martin Scorsese street-realist mode, but his self-regarding sentimentality trips him up again.
Audience Reviews for Ash Wednesday
I just liked the "street realism" - it felt as if it probably happens like that now and then. Plus I felt the acting was right on by the cast. Having grown up in a city going through urban decay it seemed "un-hollywood" and with the "indie" look to it.
Don't let the synopsis fool you- this movie is not nearly as good as it sounds. The only thing that kept me watching it at all was the presence of Oliver Platt. Though the plot is a decent idea, it doesn't play out well in a movie that takes way too long to get off the ground and never seems to go too far once it does.
Edward Burns and Elijah Wood star as brothers growing up as part of irish gangs in hells kitchen after one of them kills a group of men who were gonna kill his brother he vanishes from his neighborhood figured for dead he turns up years later and no one has forgotten what he has done so now its a race for the two bothers to keep each other safe and too get out of town before they both end up dead. that sums of this plot of really well done drama that should be seen by anyone that enjoys a good crime drama type film
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