Anyone who requires further proof after the sub dud ”K-19: The Widowmaker” that Kathryn Bigelow and water don’t mix need only check out the director’s other soggy 2002 thriller – which was shot before K-19 but sat in dry dock for more than two years. A nearly catatonic Penn mumbles through his role as a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet whose wife (Braveheart’s Catherine McCormack) becomes obsessed with an 1873 murder case while on a boat trip with Penn’s brother (Sweet Home Alabama’s Josh Lucas) and his sultry girlfriend (Hurley). Bigelow awkwardly crosscuts between 19th-century flashbacks and scenes of Hurley sunbathing topless. Even that sight can’t wake up Penn – or the audience.
Genre: Drama; Starring: Sean Penn, Sarah Polley, Elizabeth Hurley, Josh Lucas, Catherine McCormack; Director: Kathryn Bigelow; Author: Alice Arlen, Christopher Kyle; Runtime (in minutes): 105; MPAA Rating: R; Distributor: Lions Gate Films
Posted January 17 2015 — 3:29 AM EST
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