(4.5 stars) A powerful thriller that elevates itself beyond the trappings of a mere genre film. It's so grounded in the elements of a basic human need: love of family. As it unfolds, we get more and more wrapped up in the protagonist's plight. Yet the story doesn't fall into the trap of him making bad decision after bad decision. He makes the same choices that most of us would make - choices he MUST make.
When I was young I remember my Dad saying, "I would never let you starve. I would rob banks. I would steal food." Luckily it never came to that, but it gives you a bit of a perspective what a parent will do. This has some great performances in it. Well worth watching.
There's something very rote about the storytelling in this, as if all the scenes are just strung together for narrative development without having any life of their own. Common problem, and therefore a pretty common film. I am sure there is a nice twist at the end, but since I can't trust the filmmaker there's no point in finishing it.