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The Clearing
Wayne (Robert Redford) and Eileen (Helen Mirren) Hayes live the American Dream. When Wayne is kidnapped by an ordinary man, Arnold Mack (Willem Dafoe), and held for ransom in a remote forest, the...  View more >

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Apr 5, 2005
I really enjoy Robert Redford films, and I think he's one of the best actors of the last few decades. Joining him in this movie is Helen Mirren and Willem DaFoe, so you would think that this will be an incredible movie that will be well worth your time and effort.

Unfortunately, while the method in which the story unfolds is interesting, this movie plods along its course at times like a commuter in rush hour traffic.

Helen Mirren gives the best performance, most likely because she is given the most screen time. The lost opportunity here is that the director had two very accomplished actors spend quite a bit of time together and engage each other in conversation, but he didn't have them say much that was interesting. What was said could have been covered in a few short minutes, but instead, we're forced to wait over an hour and a half to get what little was given. What could have been a tour de force of dialog was reduced to background for Mirren's storyline.

This movie was unsatisfying to me. Some insights might have been gained from watching it again with the commentary by the director, writer, and editor, I can't imagine taking that kind of time from my life on that hope alone.

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