Had not seen in a good while. Came across it last night on MGM HD right when I was calling it a night. One of those films that from the opening draws me in, and I end up having to watch all the way through. Good performances all around.
Feels like Greek tragedy. A more accomplished and adept collection of character actors you will never see. This is Christopher Walken's favorite performance that he has ever essayed and it's quite apparent why. The sins of the father are quite severely visited upon his sons. The Madonna influenced score is haunting. Both Sean and Chris are perfect. The best crime film I have ever seen. Surely Foley's masterwork.
The opening is perfect. The camerawork, Sean Penn's face, the melancholy music; he just drives around in his car, nothing else to do. And then he sees... Her.
3 brilliant minutes; capture perfectly what small town life must be like. But then the movie turns into a mediocre crime thriller.