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It's a portrait of grief and devastation, and also of the ways in which the police and media can jump to conclusions and feed off of the public's anger and confusion.
A post-post-9/11 melodrama that only occasionally lives up to its noble ambitions.
It does something a lot of better-financed Hollywood movies don't: It makes you think.
"Torn" sensitively explores the aftermath of a mall bombing through the eyes of two mothers who each lost a teenage son in the explosion.
Michael Richter's intimate script traverses this mercurial territory without veering into hysterics-a great accomplishment.
Directed by Jeremiah Birnbaum, Torn dissects the tenacity with which the media can jump on a story, manipulating the facts to suit a certain narrative, and by doing so, exposing buried prejudices in ourselves.
Doesn't hit us over the head with the "us against them" front story.
An emotionally lukewarm take on grieving and guilt in the aftermath of an act of mass murder, but not without its melodramatic merits.
The filmmakers' big achievement here is the way they deal with [the story], never once resorting to the mawkishness or ugly rabble-rousing hype which all too often accompanies this subject.
Past its bland title and handful of overwrought soap-opera moments, Torn rings with the sound of quiet truth.
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