The Clearing (2004)

R   |    |  Drama, Mystery, Thriller

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As an executive is held captive by an employee, it's up to his wife to deliver the ransom.




  • Willem Dafoe and Pieter Jan Brugge at an event for The Clearing (2004)
  • Robert Redford in The Clearing (2004)
  • Pieter Jan Brugge at an event for The Clearing (2004)
  • Willem Dafoe and Robert Redford in The Clearing (2004)
  • Helen Mirren and Pieter Jan Brugge in The Clearing (2004)
  • Willem Dafoe in The Clearing (2004)

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8 May 2013 | museumofdave
| Inspired Cast, Middling Script Adds Up To Watchable
Redford, Mirren and Dafoe could read a seed catalog and make it fascinating, so this beginner's exercise in suspense and character is not a dull film if you keep that in mind; Roger Ebert mentioned that he could not see the conclusion coming--it was evident to me in the first ten minutes, the set-up with life-styles certainly leading the plot development: the worker bee on the public bus and the king of the hill with his swimming pool and doting wife neatly contrasted from the get-go.

Because this is not primarily a violent film, but a character study, some may find the close-ups and studied manner of worried wife Mirren dull, but it is really the screenplay that needs some intensity and tension as the two men square off in the woods; their chatter is oddly pedestrian. There are moments worth watching here, but The Clearing fails to fully deliver on its promise

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