Angels Crest Reviews
This is one that can be felt even if you aren't a parent. But if you are, I strongly recommend a box Kleenex, as I sobbed throughout. But the real triumph that director Gaby Dellal pulls off is that as I cried for the misfortune of this father, I also rejoiced for all the parents like me that had that moment of realization, and by the saving grace did not have to go down Ethan's path. A must see as this is brilliantly done, and Thomas Dekker is outstanding as Ethan.. cm
"Angels Crest" has a decent enough idea in trying to explore a small town's reaction to an unspeakable tragedy. But it lacks important ingredients like a direction or a cohesive story, as its soap opera like structure resembles a circle, with characters coming and going as they please. Things improve slightly as the movie almost develops a mordant sense of humor which is necessary for another movie that suggests if you turn your head for one second, your child will end up getting eaten by wolves, even if you live in New York City. Well, at least the scenery is nice.
Piven and Sorvino are impressive in support but the leads should have given us more depth so we could share the journey. The only emotion Dekker displays is in the final third and by then the film has slipped away.
I liked the some of the film but as a whole it really didn't provide any insight or purpose. the ending was quite intriguing and daring but also lacked conviction due to Dekker's poorly performed character.