The Narrows (2008)
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Critic Reviews for The Narrows
François Velle's local crime drama is so earnest, it feels unkind to tell the truth -- which is that we've seen this story, told in just this way, too many times before.
A tired and derivative plot builds up to an unconvincing series of shootings with which the movie fills its violence quota.
The Narrows is too riddled with clichés reaching past Scorsese all the way to Cagney flicks to be any more effective than a mowed-down capo.
Until it implodes with preposterous plot manipulations, The Narrows can be appreciated as the film equivalent of a reasonably palatable pasta dish concocted from a familiar recipe and served in a no-frills restaurant.
Audience Reviews for The Narrows
This was pretty good. I don't really watch a lot of movies in this genre, so perhaps it is cliched as some of the other reviewers seem to suggest, but I haven't seen enough of them to notice! Kevin Zegers and Sophia Bush really make this movie - I found them both convincing and they had good chemistry together.
Kevin Zegers, Vincent D'Onofrio, Sophia Bush, Monica Keena, Titus Welliver, Eddie Cahill, Roger Rees, Michael Kelly, Tony Cucci DIRECTED BY: Francois Velle The movie is based on Tim McLoughlin's novel "Heart of the Old Country", which see's Mike Manadoro (Kevin Zegers), a 19 year old Brooklyn boy who is torn between two worlds. When Mike's photography portfolio wins him a partial scholarship to NYU, he must figure out how to balance his tight knit Italian neighborhood roots in Bay Ridge with the opportunity to emerge into the expansive, sophisticated world on the other side of the East River. His job at a local car service doesn't earn him enough to make up for the rest of tuition. His father, a retired sanitation worker on disability, refuses to support Mike's attempts for financial aid out of pride. Mike ultimately takes a job making deliveries for Tony, the local mob boss, to make up the gap. Mike not only has to balance work with his academic assignments, he has to manage his personal relationships as well. This includes his attraction to a beautiful, cool, intellectual young woman, Kathy Popovich (Sophia Bush) he meets at NYU with his responsibility to his long term, girlfriend Gina (Monica Keena) from the neighborhood he's promised to marry. The stakes grow higher as he faces consequential choices in turning his back on all he knows and pursuing a new life. This compelling coming-of-age story combines suspense, murder and loyalty. Yes, many movies like this have been made before and yes it's probably like another mob movie you have seen. The difference? There probably isn't one. But I still think this movie was good. Nice story, good acting, and some likeable characters. Yes it's just another mob story, but it's a good mob story. I liked it a lot actually. Found myself very much into the story and it kept my attention throughout. Kevin Zeger's was great. I really liked him in this movie. But my favorite had to be Vincent D'Onofrio who play's Kevin's father in this film. He was awesome. Loved his character. Great role for him. This film even has a little bit of some twists and turns which I really liked. The ending was great. A little predictable, but the father is the one with tricks at the end of the movie. Really liked Sophia Bush in this film as well. She doesn't have a big part, but she is definitely part of the outcome in this movie. It's just a good mob story with good acting and all the good mob stuff like lying, stealing, killing, and betrayal. A movie I would see again.
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