The Woodsman [DVD] 
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Kevin Bacon stars as Walter, a convicted sex offender who has returned to his hometown after 12 years in prison and is attempting to start a new life. He remains guarded but finds solace with Vickie, a tough-talking woman who doesnt judge him for his past history. But there are those around him who never allow him to escape his past as well as fighting his own inner demons.
THE WOODSMAN is a provocative but compelling debut from director Nicole Kassell. Touching on similar themes addressed in L.I.E, and the Oscar-winning Mystic River (which also featured Bacon), the film has provided Bacon with a career best, creating an astounding, moving performance that has earned him universal praise. After twenty years in the business, it is further proof that he has now established himself as a character actor of incredible intensity and versatility.
There is also a remarkable support from a sterling cast which includes , Kyra Sedgwick (Mrs Kevin Bacon) (Singles; Born On The Fourth Of July), Benjamin Bratt (Traffic; Clear And Present Danger) and hip-hop artist Mos Def (Monsters Ball; The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy) with hip-hop giant, Damon Dash, on board as executive producer. Tartans THE WOODSMAN has enhanced picture quality and comes packed with added extras including a number of cast interviews exclusive to the UK.
DVD extras include: Tartan exclusive interviews with Kevin Bacon, Kyra Sedgwich, director Nicole Kassell, and executive producer Damon Dash. Also featuring: deleted scene and extended scenes, Getting it made documentary; audio commentary with Nicole Kassell
Kevin Bacon gives one of the best, most nuanced performances of his career in The Woodsman, a daring and thought-provoking drama he co-produced with his wife, Kyra Sedgwick. In portraying a convicted pedophile named Walter, recently released from prison and struggling to rebuild his life, Bacon and writer-director Nicole Kassell (making her feature-film debut) do a remarkable job of exploring all facets of this troubling yet very human character, from his continuing criminal impulses to the despair he feels over having to conceal his horrible past. Sedgwick costars as the one woman who appears willing to accept Walter, secrets and all, and while The Woodsman takes a few regrettable shortcuts in illustrating Walter's quest for the good man he can be, the film deserves to be seen and discussed as a provocative yet admirably humane study of an individual whom society may too quickly label a "monster." The film allows for different interpretations, and that complexity--along with Bacon's performance--makes it worthy of a wide and hopefully understanding audience. --Jeff Shannon, Amazon.comSee all Product Description
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Posts on many forums describe this film as a "career killer" for Kevin Bacon but these comments are based on the theme of this film instead of his acting which is flawless. Bacon is perfect as a mid-forties man trying to build a new life without friends and family while also fighting urges to fall back into old habits. One minute antagonised by police Sergeant Lucas (Mos Def) and the next, starting a relationship with co-worker Vicki (Kyra Sedgewick), Bacon constantly has you wondering what will happen next and even have you feeling very sorry for him.
To conclude, do not be put off by the theme of this film. It is a very powerful film with a fantastic cast and should not be missed.
Walter (Kevin Bacon) has just been released from prison, having served twelve years for molesting young girls. We are never told exactly what his crimes involved, although he says he never hurt any of his victims. He was fortunate to find a job at a lumber mill and a place to live (although, most troublingly, his apartment is across the street from an elementary school). He sees a therapist every week and receives regular visits from a police detective, both of which are necessary because, no matter how much he wants to be normal, he still has terrible urges to fall back into his old ways. Society doesn't make it easy for him, as those who learn of his past shun him or threaten him with violence - everyone except Vicki (Kyra Sedgwick), who eventually comes to accept him as he is.Read more ›
It is very difficult to watch at times and one policeman's description of a crime was particulary harrowing.
There is balance in the film but its Bacon's portrayal of a man alone with his cruel past that just manages to keep you watching. Hard work but worth a visit.
The film is covering a very difficult subject, especially with all the media hype around. Children are no more at risk from pedophiles today then they were 50 years ago, it's just that it's more recognised and reported on.
Kevin Bacon is brilliant, it really is a fantastic performance. By no means do I want to play down the horrible nature of such crimes. But as I think the film shows there are people tortured by their thoughts, knowing what they're thinking is wrong but unable to change it. There are times when you feel something for the character, I think empathy is the wrong word. I think it's pity. Especially as you see him trying to live a normal life but constantly having to fight his demons.
If anyone is worried about what the film might show, I don't think they have to worry. Their are no frightening scenes involving children, something I was a little concerned about myself at first.
I went away feeling like this was an extremely brave film for the writer, a challenge for the director and for Bacon but I think it was tackled in a very thought provoking and sensitive way.
Whilst it's not something I'd urge people to watch, it's not easy watching. It is a film that I don't think people should be scared to watch.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Kevin Bacon has to be rated one of the all-time great actors. Not only is he unafraid to take unflattering and controversial roles, but his perfomances are universally first rate. Read morePublished 17 days ago by McAvennie8
A sensitive and well-crafted film. It's all played fairly 'low-key' emotionally, giving time for the viewer to reflect; the pace is, however, well judgedPublished 6 months ago by Tony Mealings
I would say the sensitive subject matter was handled very well in this film. Many other people have gone deeper into the film better than I can but I wanted to say that I think... Read morePublished 11 months ago by nathy1508
I was really reluctant to buy this film, mostly because I didn't want to see Kevin Bacon playing the part of a pedophile- too weird! Read morePublished 11 months ago by pattar
A well made film that at times is uncomfortable to watch, Kevin Bacon delivers a strong performance, but, for me it was all in all a bit dreary and fairly predictable.Published 12 months ago by iggi_1