City by the Sea (2002)

R   |    |  Crime, Drama, Mystery


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Vincent Lamarca, whose father was executed for a 1950s kidnapping of a child, grew up to become a police officer, only to see his own son become a murder suspect.

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7 April 2003 | 1Mavrik
8
| VERY MOVING, VERY POIGNANT
The problem with this movie is that it has real substance, real integrity. Men won't like it because it's much too serious, and the bodycount is relatively low. Women won't like it because the message is for men.

But let there be no mistake about this picture. It is first class storytelling with a first rate group of actors. And the result is a terrific picture that is hardly predictable (no matter what other reviewers might opine).

City By The Sea is a dark, unrelenting look into a dysfunctional family. It addresses the frailty and imperfection of a father who chose to retreat rather than to fight for his son during a divorce. It shows the near-total destruction of the son based on his father's absence.

But it also tells the story of a father's epiphany, a son's salvation, and brutal truths which guide this movie to one of the more compelling denouements I've seen in years.

No, this movie isn't for everyone. If you go to the theater simply for distraction, choose another movie. If you bring a clicker to the movie so you can count the number of dead and maimed, this one will disappoint.

But if you want to watch some great craftsmen dissect some touchy subjects and do so while constructing a very intriguing whodunit, this is YOUR movie. A 6.2 reviewer rating makes me wonder who's doing the reviewing.

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