Daniel Craig plays Will Atenton, a successful businessman who forsakes New York City for the rural pleasures of New England, only to discover that the tranquil abode he’s moved into was the scene of an as-yet-unsolved multiple homicide. Drawn reluctantly into the mystery surrounding the tragic events, Will and his wife (Rachel Weisz) soon begin finding plenty of reasons to worry about their own safety in this psychological thriller.
Jim Sheridan is a master story teller, and an acclaimed film director of few films, but good films nevertheless.
Born in Dublin, Ireland, in 1949, Sheridan moved to America in 1982, meeting a man who invited him to run the Irish Arts Center. He found a place to live in Hell’s Kitchen, New York City, and was low on finances at first. He eventually made his first film, _My Left Foot: The Story of Christy Brown (1989) _ starring Daniel Day-Lewis, about the Irish artist Christy Brown, who only had control of his left foot.
The film was a surprise success, with both Day-Lewis and co-star Brenda Fricker winning Oscars for their performances. Sheridan received two Oscar nominations for Best Director (he lost to Oliver Stone) and Best Screenplay. It was an amazing debut film, and at age 40, Sheridan was a late bloomer to the film industry. He followed up “My Left Foot” with the film The Field (1990). Starring Richard Harris a then-unknown Sean Bean and John Hurt, this film was… read more
Just terrbile picture that belittles the reputation of director Sheridan and several of the fine artisans on board (Deschanel, Spier). The main problem being the hackneyed logic free script that quickly unravels revealing nothing of interest and winding up preposterous. Craig out of his element here and Weisz and Watts both wasted in parts that one asumes made more since in the editing room. Pretty terrible.
What first seems to be a stranger-watching-your-home kind of thriller turns out to be an interesting take on trauma and mental illness. Unfortunately, it doesn't go beyond that - an idea. There's no depth, nothing is expanded on, and much of the action falls flat because the "twist" seems to come without a build. It looked great, though, and Rachel Weisz is always good.
Also: Mammuth, What’s Your Number?, Dream House and Buraku.