CAST & CREW
Will the convict make a new life with his family?
PLOT: Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck make a couple, who also support each other with the crime. Casey convinces Mara that he will be going on a rampage with his friend Audley. Mara reveals him that she is pregnant. That night, Ben, a cop interferes and tries to shoot at the muggers. He shoots Audley, and Mara shoots Ben in order to save Casey. Casey takes the blame and suffers a jail term. Meanwhile, Mara gives birth to Sylvia. Casey often writes letters to his wife, assuring her that he will come very soon to join with his family. But Ben and a few other people make Casey's travel tough. Will he be able to join back with his wife and daughter? ANALYSIS: The director Lowery treats each scene to be the opening scene, and flashes the past and the present during those scenes, that deserves some simple dialogues. Most of the scenes give us an understanding that the director is a die-hard fan of the legendary Terrence Malick.
STAR PERFORMANCES: Though they spend together less time on screen, the chemistry between Casey and Mara is powerful and beautiful. Ben Foster's role as a cop is memorable. He plays an important role from the beginning to the end of the story. Skerritt steals the show, as he depicts the character of a person who needs to take wise decisions in complicated situations perfectly.
WHAT'S THERE? Bradford Young's cinematography is something to be cherished and praised. He plays beautifully with the natural lights and does not go for stage lights. The love between the lead roles makes us swoon. Their love is so powerful that they cause a powerful impact on us. Mara's performance as a good lover in the past and as a wise mother in the present is mesmerizing.
WHAT'S NOT THERE? The director has influenced the essence of scenes from different movies and compiled everything into his movie. Thus, the movie fails to create an identity for itself.
VERDICT: A movie that will make you crave for a second chance to live your life as you wish, to the fullest.
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