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Every time An Ordinary Man seems to be headed into a minefield of clichés, it takes an unexpected detour and the film's final such excursion comes like a gut-punch.
Nothing in An Ordinary Man rings true; not the location, nor the performances nor the story.
Kingsley's domineering lead performance is worth the price of admission alone, although "An Ordinary Man" is actually a two-hander...
Kingsley delivers such a riveting performance that it becomes easy to overlook the film's less compelling aspects.
Kingsley is certainly committed to the arc of tough guy stripped bare, but his gifts aren't served well by an artificially studious attempt at applying Understanding 101 logic to a perpetrator of atrocities.
A head-scratcher that ends with a shoulder-shrug, "An Ordinary Man" feels like a scene-study exercise in which two actors invest full measures in a script that's only half finished.
This character-focused, thoughtful drama moves at a stately pace.
Kingsley gives a hammy performance.
Ben Kingsley again demonstrates his versatility, but even his best effort can't bring much sympathy to this redemption story.
I suppose there is something to be said about the juxtaposition of such incredible physical beauty and the ugliness of the actions in support of it. But in the end, there's still not much to be said, period.
But this is Kingsley's show, he launches from rant to rant like a cannon's fusillade, only allowing himself one or two scant moments of subtlety.
The General's motives are simplified to such a degree that the movie comes close to excusing him.
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