American Heart Reviews
Character study about an ex-convict in Seattle reconnecting with his son. The harsh realities of finding a job and obtaining enough money to live is realized as they live in a rundown hotel for those with no income. Well acted and believable.
It is moving, funny and charismatic, and theres a certain charm about it.
Although quite long and menotinous at some points, it is generally a gripping drama.
Edward Furlong plays a similar character to John Connor, an independant street kid. Jeff Bridges also delivers a fantastic performance. Although slightly melodramatic in some parts, and a little cliché, this film is really quite thought-provoking :)
The film starts off extremely slow, and sometimes the shots can seem to last forever. The dialogue seems to take ages to kick in, and only during the middle of the movie does what they're saying start to have an effect on you. However, towards the end, it gets a hundred times better. Everything makes sense and flows beautifully. Also, emotions really run high at the end as so many shocking and devestating things happen that really make this film a drama more then a movie. This film is probably worth about four stars because of the obvious effort behind it all. The overall story is really powerful, but put onto screen it doesn't have the 'punch' that maybe it should have.
As i mentioned before Jeff Bridges may be the American film actor with the most unseen great perfomances. He really is brilliant in this film, and portrays the 'unworthy father role' brilliantly. Edward Furlong is also very good considering his age. He has the perfect eyes for this role as he always looks very troubled - Nicks signiture feature. This is a very powerful film that will leave you with mixed emotions. Brilliant.