Not seen many good reviews of this film, which is a huge shame. In attempting to get a complex novel into the multiplexes, maybe too much is touched on without having time to be fully explored, like attempting to fit a season of 'The Wire' in feature film length. (Fans of 'the Wire''ll spot a few familiar faces, by the way, and one of that series' writers Richard Price adapted this from his own novel.) Nonetheless, I thought it was a curious, and oddly beautiful, film. Samuel L Jackson and Julianne Moore both put in generous, open performances. They may well have played a cop and distressed mother in other films, but never quite like this, the drama here on almost a 'spiritual' level, what moves across their faces hugely emotive and deeply drawn on. It would be a huge pity if this film didn't find an appreciative audience, and the actors, writer and director their due praise because it's heart and soul are entirely in the right place, which is up there on the screen.