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Trust in me. Hope. Hope in him.
A priest who was banished after getting caught having sex with a married woman joins a traveling play. The play arrives in a town where a murder was recently executed and an unlikely woman suspect has been arrested and assigned to be hanged. The play group reenacts the murder in their play in hopes of uncovering clues and those responsible for the killing.
"Man's nature is corrupt."
Paul McGuigan, director of Wicker Park, Lucky Number Sleven, Push, The Acid House, and episodes from the television series Sherlock, Scandal, and Monroe, delivers The Reckoning. The storyline for this picture is above average but the execution is just okay. The acting is better than average and the cast includes Willem Dafoe, Paul Bettany, Brian Cox, Tom Hardy, Vincent Cassel, Ewen Bremner, and Richard Durden.
"You gave her hope."
I came across this on Netflix while reviewing Tom Hardy pictures. This was interesting and fun to watch unfold but is more of a lazy Sunday afternoon movie than a must see. I only recommend seeing this if nothing better is on, but it is worth viewing once.
"We're actors not judges."
The worst kind of anachronism, this movie tries to condemn child abuse in a medieval setting, a society that arguably didn't even recognize that crime.
Paul McGuigan, el director de la poderosa "Gangster No. 1" repite con Paul Bettany, esta vez en una historia ubicada en la Inglaterra de la Edad Media. Bettany interpreta a un sacerdote que comete adulterio y decide refugiarse con un grupo de actores intinerantes liderados por Martin (Willem Dafoe). Al llegar a un pueblo descubren un misterio relacionado con la violenta muerte de un niño que hace de "The Reckoning" una maravillosa historia didáctica como también una atmosférica historia de suspenso.
Friday, December 13, 2013
(2011) The Reckoning
Footnote: Because the 2011 made-for-TV version also called "The Reckoning" is unavailable on rottentomatoes.com, I've decided to submit a review on here since they do have the exact same title.
According to imdb.com, it was a part of a BBC series from 'series 1'(whatever that means), but you couldn't tell by looking at it. Anyways, I saw it as a complete movie starring Ashley Jensen as Sally who's just been informed that she's inherited a substantial amount of money from someone she has never heard of before. But, in order to get this money, she was left with a CD asking her to perform a task within a specific time frame which is to execute a person who doesn't deserve to live so the CD says. Some people are already being killed in the process with the only person that is going to uncover or unravel this complicated scenario is Sally herself, a mother who also has a daughter who's going through cancer with the support of her husband Mark (Max Beesley). All I can say is that it's not very often where you can see someone get out of a complicated dilemma.
2.5 out of 4 stars
Very good. Didn't give too much away, but gives enough. The story is pretty dark, but it's incredibly well done.
great Medieval film about the world of the Morality Plays!
The best film you've probably never heard of about a Medieval troupe of traveling actors...and a priest on the run from his past played excellently by Paul Bettany...well worth watching!
The Reckoning is a powerful film about the nature of truth and justice set in the Middle Ages, with a gripping script and an excellent cast. It was a nice change from medieval films that are all about battles and fighting. Some of the critics compared it to The Name of the Rose, also an excellent film about the Middle Ages and a series of murders, but there are the only similarities. Each is a brilliant and intriguing movie in it's own right.
2 stars just for the great cast and superb acting!
story was lame!