Movie Review: 'The Pledge' (2001) Sean Penn 's third film as a director is a psychological murder mystery in which the central character is at once investigator, possible suspect, and… 2001-01-19 R PT124M Drama Mystery and Thriller Jack Nicholson Robin Wright Benicio Del Toro Aaron Eckhart Helen Mirren Vanessa Redgrave Mickey Rourke Sam Shepard Harry Dean Stanton Clyde is Hungry Productions Franchise Pictures Morgan Creek Productions Warner Bros.
Movie Review

Movie Review: 'The Pledge' (2001)

MPAA Rating: R
EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Jan 19, 2001; Rated: R; Length: 124 Minutes; Genres: Drama, Mystery and Thriller; With: Jack Nicholson and Robin Wright; Distributor: Warner Bros.

Sean Penn's third film as a director is a psychological murder mystery in which the central character is at once investigator, possible suspect, and angst-ridden carrier of the world's woes, and damned if Penn doesn't draw you inside this labyrinth of existential murk. When the mutilated body of an 8-year-old girl is found in the Nevada snow, Jerry Black (Jack Nicholson), a weary, just-retired homicide detective, stays on the case. Nicholson gives a haunting and ravaged performance, and Penn shows real flair — for visual suspense, for holding his actors in the throes of slow-motion breakdown. Yet as the film slides from the intriguing to the contrived, the events acquire a metaphysical vagueness.

Originally posted Feb 09, 2001 Published in issue #581 Feb 09, 2001 Order article reprints