Like Field's last film, In the Bedroom, I almost really liked this movie. Field has a strong visual sense but then his movies kind of lose steam by the end that I get to the point that I just don't really care about the the outcome. Granted, this film is an adaptation of a novel so I guess I can't fault Field for the source material.
A few random thoughts:
This is also one of those films where a beautiful person (Kate Winslet) is supposed to be plain. Bah!
The scenes at the pool are all very good.
Jackie Earle Haley is a scary looking dude.
That scene where he jerks off in the car is really really creepy.
The nightime park scenes looked great.
I liked the whole skater aspect.
Didn't Patrick Wilson leave the note for his wife in the house? How did he have it on him after wrecking on the skateboard?
Kate Winslet's husband's character was not believable and detracted from the movie.
Jennifer Connelly looked weird.
Directed by Todd Field
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