On a warm September evening, college professor Ethan Learner, his wife Grace, and their daughter Emma are attending a recital. Their 10-year-old son Josh is playing cello – beautifully, as usual. His younger sister looks up to him, and his parents are proud of their son. On the way home, they all stop at a gas station on Reservation Road. There, in one terrible instant, he is taken from them forever. On a warm September evening, law associate Dwight Arno and his 11-year-old son Lucas are attending a baseball game. Their favorite team, the Red Sox, is playing – and, hopefully, heading for the World Series. Dwight cherishes his time spent with Lucas. Driving his son back to his ex-wife, Lucas’ mother Ruth Wheldon, Dwight heads towards his fateful encounter at Reservation Road. The accident happens so fast that Lucas is all but unaware, while Ethan – the only witness – is all too aware, as a panicked Dwight speeds away. The police are called, and an investigation begins. Haunted by the tragedy, both fathers react in unexpected ways, as do Grace and Emma. As a reckoning looms, the two fathers are forced to make the hardest choices of their lives. –Focus Features
Terry George (born December 20, 1952) is an Northern Irish screenwriter and director. Born and raised in Belfast, Northern Ireland, much of his film work (e.g. The Boxer, Some Mother’s Son, and In the Name of the Father) involves “The Troubles” in Northern Ireland.
He was nominated for two Oscars: Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium (1993; In the Name of the Father), and Best Writing, Original Screenplay (2004; Hotel Rwanda). On 26 February 2012, he received an Oscar in the live action short film category for The Shore.
George was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland. In 1971 he was arrested for suspicion of involvement with the terrorist Irish National Liberation Army (INLA). He later became involved with the Irish Republican Socialist Party. He was arrested and sentenced to six years in prison and was released in 1978 for good behavior. In 1981, he moved to New York City. He faced deportation proceedings but was allowed to remain in the United… read more
It's a bit TV movie-ish and the ending sort of fails to kick on any level. But this was where I was first gained an appreciation for Ruffalo, who builds real nuance into what could have been a one-note role, and deeper appreciation for Phoenix, who is focused and cathartic. Recommended for the acting.
Fairly OK film, served up with good acting and a fair plot. Not too judgmental but quite Hollywoodesque. The sorrow is well-acted through Phoenix and Connelly and also by Ruffalo, in his own way. Still, shouldn't have been this Hollywoodesque. Would have been better off with a large slice of innovative thinking.