Hank Grotowski is a prison guard. He works with his son, Sonny, and lives at home with his racist father, Buck. Lawrence Musgrove has just been executed and a horrible tragedy has happened at home. Now, Hank has just met Leticia, a young black woman struggling to make ends meet and they quickly fall in love to ease each other’s pains. If only he knew that Leticia is Musgrove’s widow… —IMDb
Some filmmakers arrive at their chosen profession by a childhood or college life spent in the study of classic movies; for others, it takes only one film. Director Marc Forster was part of the latter camp; after seeing his first movie – Francis Ford Coppola’s “Apocalypse Now” (1979) – he became fixated on the idea of becoming a director. After studying cinema at New York University in the early 1990s, he launched his career with the indie drama “Everything Put Together” (2000), which netted him the Grand Jury Prize at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival. His follow-ups – 2001’s “Monster’s Ball” and 2004’s “Finding Neverland” (2004) – established him as a director of powerful and emotionally complex dramas. But he struggled to maintain critical acclaim with subsequent efforts like “Stay” (2005), “Stranger than Fiction” (2006) and “The Kite Runner” (2007). In 2008, he made a complete about-face and tackled “Quantum of Solace,” the second James Bond feature to star Daniel Craig as 007. Though… read more
I would rarely pay attention to bad films, but this one really made me write something - I thought it was terrible! A bunch of good actors with their talent wasted.
This film caught me off guard in a good way as I expected another overrated movie. All the actors are great in it, I found Boyle fantastic and impressive even though he has like 10 minutes overall. Berry's performance was alittle bit meant for effect and that's the main reason she got the oscar for it, but okay, she deserved it. Heath Ledger already showed signs of his great talent.