Since movie studios apparently think audiences are unable to digest a complex domestic drama about working-class Americans sans gunfights, De Niro’s latest intimate family story comes packaged as De Niro’s latest clumsy crime yarn. In telling the true tale of cop Vincent LaMarca – haunted by his criminal father while on the trail of his criminal son (Franco) – director Michael Caton-Jones loads up on rote police procedurals and pseudo-metaphorical shots of crumbled buildings. All the while, a smart movie is buried beneath the debris.
Genre: Mystery and Thriller, Drama; Starring: Robert De Niro, James Franco, Drena De Niro, Eliza Dushku, William Forsythe, Stephi Lineburg, Patti LuPone, Frances McDormand, Anson Mount; Director: Michael Caton-Jones; Author: Ken Hixon; Release Date Wide: 09/06/2002; Runtime (in minutes): 108; MPAA Rating: R; Distributor: Warner Bros.
Posted February 21 2003 — 12:00 AM EST
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