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5.0 out of 5 stars struggling with their own inner conflicts., 6 Jun 2012
This review is from: The Indian Runner [DVD] [1991] (DVD)
In his writing and directing debut, Sean Penn delivers a profound picture of two very different brothers, one a cop with a loving family, the other a lawbreaking Vietnam vet. Both coming to terms with each other and trying to maintain the bond they shared as children.
WHAT CAN I SAY?Greatest thing about the film is that it doesn't try too hard. With symbolism, with drama, it lets the people do their work and what happens is consistently interesting. It has a great soundtrack and more importantly music is used well within the film. it is almost hypnotic look at two brothers with totally different world views and their attempts to come to terms with each other,they struggle to reconcile their different paths. Like the story of Cain and Abel, one brother is the good, and the other is the unlucky and revengeful. Joe wants to unite his family and diminish hardships between family members while Frank, who has not recovered from adolescent struggles and fighting in Vietnam, still wants to play games and hurt those around him. The siblings are played by David Morse (The Green Mile ) and Viggo Mortensen (A History of Violence), and both performances are superb, The rest of the movie features a first rate supporting cast which includes Valeria Golina (Hot Shots!) and Patricia Arquette (Stigmata ) as the brother's respective love interests, and veterans Dennis Hopper ('Blue Velvet') and Charles Bronson ('Death Wish')he's performance is unbelievable who plays the father, puts in an uncharacteristically subdued performance, one of his best ever.and the lovely Sandy Dennis(Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?) Also keep an eye out for Benicio Del Toro ('The Usual Suspects') in a small cameo, and Penn's mother Eileen Ryan ('At Close Range').this movie is intelligent and seriously moving. And it shows that Penn can write and direct beside act.
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