Date Released: January 15, 2010
Date Watched: February 25, 2013
Why now? So many people I know have either read the book or watched the movie, and while I heard it was a little on the sad/violent side, I hate being out of the loop when it comes to books and movies. Plus, it has a wicked cast.
Also, star Saoirse Ronan is back on the big screen this week in the film adaptation of Stephanie Meyer’s The Host.
Why not then? I’m not really sure. I think I must have missed the release, and it just wasn’t on my radar until now.
Not too many, since I haven’t read the book and didn’t really know too much about the story. But…
- A really sad tale about a young girl who goes missing.
- A violent and thrilling account of how said young girl was brutally murdered.
- Marky Mark, Rachel Weisz, Stanley Tucci and Susan Sarandon in über-serious roles, but still making movie magic.
- A long, drawn-out police investigation on a missing child.
What I actually got…
- BLONDE Stanley Tucci in a very surprising and disturbing role. Like, the kind of role that makes you think, WTF?
- A thriller that quite literally gave me chills and made me bawl my freaking eyes out on several occasions.
- Marky Mark in a believably grief-stricken role. Rachel Weisz in an unbelievably grief-less role. An alcoholic, pill-popping Susan Sarandon.
- The police not giving a damn about a missing child, and a father and a sister who went with their gut.
- A gorgeous visual representation of what the afterlife looks like, and the hope that it really does look like that.
- A beautifully poetic ending.
- Justice served on the rocks–pun intended (you’ll get it when you see it).
One-night stand or second date potential?
Second, third and fourth date potential! (I would even let this movie get to that coveted fifth date.) I so wish I hadn’t rented this movie, and had just bought it; it is a total keeper. My reaction to the ending: WOW.[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jvWXV-c2hWo]
Ashley Kowalewski is an editorial assistant and freelance writer based in Toronto. She has enough nail polish to last a lifetime, reads too much for her own good, and is hopelessly in love with Matt Damon (and his bad movies, too). Follow her @AshKowalewski.