A moody blue tint permeates this moody blue
production. Jimmy, Sean, and Davie play street hockey
in an urban East Coast neighborhood, one of the three
is abducted and assumedly abused.
Fast forward to present day. Jimmy (Sean Penn) is
an ex-con now legit running a corner grocery and a
family of 3 daughters and a second wife. Sean (Kevin
Bacon) plays the homicide detective assigned to the
murder of Jimmy's daughter, as Dave (Tim Robbins)
tries to come to terms with what the tragic childhood
event has done to his stability.
The performances are all good. Sean Penn filling
out the production with a murky big-dangerous-hearted
performance. Kevin Bacon anchoring with stability and
level-headedness. Robbins performance is also good.
However, the film experiences one coincidence after
the other, manipulating its audiences rather
heavy-handedly toward a rather predictable climax,
and vague resolution. For just one example, isn't it
rather surprising that for such a high profile case,
the detective in charge just happens to be Jimmy's
The dialogue is strong, though two characters
experience a breech in their otherwise believable
demeanors. During interrogation by professionals
these two otherwise somewhat bumbling, overtly
nervous suspects give hard-nosed clever,
calm-under-pressure testimonials that confound
professional interrogators. The direction is
steadfast with a careful melancholy mood maintained
throughout and music (by Clint Eastwood) not half
If you like Sean's performance here, check out
some other great films of his, "Sweet &
Am Sam" etc.