The Clearing Reviews

  • Sep 03, 2018

    This movie is 14 years old now but It felt like it was from the '80's. Story was simple but it was okay, acting was amazing as it was expected from the great cast. It's not a movie to remember though.

    This movie is 14 years old now but It felt like it was from the '80's. Story was simple but it was okay, acting was amazing as it was expected from the great cast. It's not a movie to remember though.

  • Jan 01, 2018

    I kept waiting for something to happen in this movie, and it never did. When it was all said and done, it felt like a big waste of time.

    I kept waiting for something to happen in this movie, and it never did. When it was all said and done, it felt like a big waste of time.

  • Jul 30, 2017

    So the movie is essentially an exploration of marriages, love, and fidelity. Wayne's, Arnold's, and to a lesser extent, Wayne's son, all had issues with their marriages. If you look at it from that perspective, instead of the advertised kidnapping thriller, the movie is a little better. The cast is fantastic. I would say Dafoe, Mirren, and Redford, in that order. Dafoe is the best I've ever seen him and Mirren can steal an entire scene with one little lip curl. Redford is of course Redford. *** spoilers*** There are no twists, no turns, no surprises. Dafoe gamely tries to portray a nice guy who has been abused by capitalism (for want of a better word) while Reford has benefitted from it. The ridiculous choking of Arnold by Wayne, and the ensuing magical finding of the gun, Redford hanging around nd staring into the trees made my peeps laugh out load. Maybe Redford agreed with the guy and wanted to make amends for something, who knows;'but it came off silly. So the ending is only dumb if you think you are watching a kidnapping thriller. The end came because Redford had come to grips with his betrayal or his wife. Worth a watch, but don't expect a thriller...

    So the movie is essentially an exploration of marriages, love, and fidelity. Wayne's, Arnold's, and to a lesser extent, Wayne's son, all had issues with their marriages. If you look at it from that perspective, instead of the advertised kidnapping thriller, the movie is a little better. The cast is fantastic. I would say Dafoe, Mirren, and Redford, in that order. Dafoe is the best I've ever seen him and Mirren can steal an entire scene with one little lip curl. Redford is of course Redford. *** spoilers*** There are no twists, no turns, no surprises. Dafoe gamely tries to portray a nice guy who has been abused by capitalism (for want of a better word) while Reford has benefitted from it. The ridiculous choking of Arnold by Wayne, and the ensuing magical finding of the gun, Redford hanging around nd staring into the trees made my peeps laugh out load. Maybe Redford agreed with the guy and wanted to make amends for something, who knows;'but it came off silly. So the ending is only dumb if you think you are watching a kidnapping thriller. The end came because Redford had come to grips with his betrayal or his wife. Worth a watch, but don't expect a thriller...

  • Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
    Jul 29, 2017

    Lacking car chases, explosions, gun shoot-outs, a sex scene, and most of the typical hallmarks of most of the typical thrillers, what remains is the slow dawning realization that one may not get the typical summation that one has been trained to look for. The actors seem happy to present that as well, a refreshing change from the typical, and perhaps a look at the reality of these situations. Excellent work.

    Lacking car chases, explosions, gun shoot-outs, a sex scene, and most of the typical hallmarks of most of the typical thrillers, what remains is the slow dawning realization that one may not get the typical summation that one has been trained to look for. The actors seem happy to present that as well, a refreshing change from the typical, and perhaps a look at the reality of these situations. Excellent work.

  • Apr 27, 2017

    It's a slow train stopping at every crossroad.

    It's a slow train stopping at every crossroad.

  • Jul 29, 2015

    Great cast in a admirable movie that bores one to tears.

    Great cast in a admirable movie that bores one to tears.

  • Jun 22, 2014

    No jaa, ei oikeastaan pöllömpi (kidnappaus)leffa sateisena sunnuntai-iltana kissan vieressä kynttilänvalossa ja villasukat jalassa katsottavaksi...

    No jaa, ei oikeastaan pöllömpi (kidnappaus)leffa sateisena sunnuntai-iltana kissan vieressä kynttilänvalossa ja villasukat jalassa katsottavaksi...

  • May 24, 2014

    Good cast can't surmount the ordinary screenplay.

    Good cast can't surmount the ordinary screenplay.

  • Mar 01, 2014

    This movie could have been told better

    This movie could have been told better

  • Feb 09, 2014

    Despite the cast and the "short" running time, the film meanders and feels long than 95 minutes and that can't be good

    Despite the cast and the "short" running time, the film meanders and feels long than 95 minutes and that can't be good