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Plot: On a warm September evening, college professor Ethan Learner, his wife Grace, and their daughter Emma are attending a recital. Their 10-year-old son Josh is playing cello - beautifully, as usual. His younger sister looks up to him, and his parents are proud of their son. On the way home, they all stop at a gas station on Reservation Road. There, in one terrible instant, he is taken from them forever. On a warm September evening, law associate Dwight Arno and his 11-year-old son Lucas are attending a baseball game. Their favorite team, the Red Sox, is playing - and, hopefully, heading for the World Series. Dwight cherishes his time spent with Lucas. Driving his son back to his ex-wife, Lucas' mother Ruth Wheldon, Dwight heads towards his fateful encounter at Reservation Road. The accident happens so fast that Lucas is all but unaware, while Ethan - the only witness - is all too aware, as a panicked Dwight speeds away. The police are called, and an investigation begins. Haunted by the tragedy, both fathers react in unexpected ways, as do Grace and Emma. As a reckoning looms, the two fathers are forced to make the hardest choices of their lives. Runtime: 102 mins Release Date: 14 Nov 2007
Superbly crafted drama, but very sad (by suebasko)
Astounding. Impeccably crafted drama. The story is sad and very serious, but this is one of the most perfect examples of the art of simple dramatic film-making that exists. This is film storytelling at its pinnacle. On a scale of four stars, this is a five star movie. It is mature, thoughtful and thought-provoking. This is a story of regular people regular, middle class white people, that is who experience a personal tragedy. How do they each handle the tragedy? What do they become in its wake? This is the role of a lifetime for Mark Ruffalo, and he shows us what dramatic acting is at its <more>
finest. The rest of the cast is superb, too- from the other leads to the bit players. Even the kid actors are incredibly good here. Joaquin Phoenix also gives a performance of a lifetime, Jennifer Connelly is superb, Elle Fanning is haunting. Every actor, down to the minor parts, does a fantastic job which lets you know the director made this possible. So GREAT directing!This movie also has a perfect script. It is a classic literary work, with all the right elements of cohesive story with bigger thoughts and themes, multidimensional characters with moral shading and growth, emotional fullness. The story and characters are deep, rich, fully realized. This must have been written by an English major or serious playwright, since it has all the elements of good dramatic writing. The direction is also perfect and unobtrusive. This movie is directed so flawlessly that the viewer never notices a shot; it is so perfect that there is only this on-screen reality, no presence whatever of a camera or even of a movie. This directing was there to give the actors what they needed to fully realize their characters. The editing is utterly astoundingly perfect. Again, this matches the simplicity and unobtrusiveness of the directing. The cinematography is simple and perfect, appears to be shot on high quality video. The music is also perfectly placed and matched to this film. This movie is so good that I imagine they had incredible gaffers and drivers and caterers.We, the viewers, were thoroughly engrossed in the places and the people. The audience in the movie theater was silent, absolutely silent, from the start to finish of this movie. This is a story we will think about for days and weeks to come. The only slight bad thing about this movie is the title. I had no idea what it was supposed to be about when I was going to see it. From the word "reservation," I thought maybe it was about an Indian reservation. The promo photos make it look like some sort of adventure flick. I think the name and the ads might keep people from seeing it, and for sure will confuse them about what it is. I guess theis movie will be depending on word of mouth, so I am happy to say here Go see it.
A full six months after Reservation Road was supposed to release in theaters it did, only in a very quiet handful , the film is finally, and again, very quietly put out on DVD. I had been looking forward to this film for some time and had been shocked by it's ill-treatment from Focus Features. After receiving it from Netflix and viewing it, I went out the very next day to purchase it. Where I was expecting a slow, wrenching exploration of grief and loss, this film actually surprised me with an untold amount of suspense and thrills. It certainly is not a "thriller" perhaps, but <more>
where the story goes and how these characters react leaves you on edge in several instances where you're not only unsure of what they will do next, but you're not sure what you would do next.I had read a lot about this movie before seeing it, so there were some reveals that I already knew about from my own curiosity as well as some misguided choices in what is shown in the trailer. I would have liked to see it fresh, so I will give plot points sparingly. Ethan and Grace Lerner Joaquin Phoenix and Jennifer Connelly, respectively are a well-to-do couple living in an affluent Connecticut town who lose a child in a hit and run accident. Dwight Arno Mark Ruffalo is speeding home to deliver his young son to his ex-wife Mira Sorvino and leaves the scene. The unfolding story effectively explores how the Lerner family struggles to cope with an unimaginable loss to an unknown perpetrator, and how Dwight wrestles with his fragile conscience while trying to hide his crime from the authorities. I think it works better to not know how Ethan and Dwight meet and proceed to dance around this event, but when they do, is when the real enjoyment of this film begins.Sorvino does a fine job, and Connelly, in a larger and more difficult role, does a very good job, but this film belongs to the male leads. Ruffalo is great playing a seemingly decent man who commits a heinous crime he desperately tries to hide. This is Ruffalo's best work to date and if this film had been appropriately marketed and acknowledged, it would have been a breakout for him.As our main lead, Phoenix is just wonderful. Ethan is a devoted husband and father whose world suddenly ceases to make sense following this tragedy and seeing him pull away from his family as he gets lost in his depths of grief and fanatical in his quest to find the killer gives Phoenix room to further display his remarkable range. An actor who is blessed with naturalness and unbridled by affectations and shortcut tendencies, his portrayal of a man eaten away by unspeakable sorrow and incalculable rage is harrowing. There is a confrontation scene late in the film when Ethan is so incensed he's physically shaking, his words come out as a jumbled growl, and it's startling to witness. Seeing Phoenix actually show that level of anger makes you wonder how or what he did to get to this place. That I can't know, but I do know that it's terrifying to see this man come undone from the inside out.Reservation Road is sad, but it doesn't wallow in a way that feels exploitive or cheap. It's a dual journey into one man's struggle to deal with a tragedy that feels beyond him, and the cowardice and humanity of a hunted man dogged by his own shaken ethics. This is a provocative, moving story that really deserves to be seen.
I can't possibly imagine how someone here can give this movie 1/10. Does that mean it's just as bad as I dunno, home alone 4 or something like that? Give me a break...For me this movie was a huge surprise, I can't say anything bad about it. The whole cast was unbelievable, mostly Jenniffer Connelly was amazing. She really deserves a nomination for best supporting actress at the Oscars. The whole movie makes you think a lot, you get to see both sides in a very human way, and you even feel a lot of symphaty for the "bad guy". Of course, you also understand the feelings of <more>
the victim, as he wants justice.This movie was very touching and thrilling, it's perfect.
Reseravation Road is a wonderful, quick to get you involved movie. It starts out with a family at their boy's concert and a man and his son at a baseball game on the same night. On the way home, the man Ruffalo , hits the boy who had been at the concert on the side of the road, and drives off. This is the simple premise of the story. The father of the boy Phoenix , his wife and his daughter have to deal with their shattered lives while the man deals with what he has done as he feels more and more guilty as the days go on. It is a study of the human mind and human interactions. <more>
Ruffalo's character is trying to become a better father while at the same time he can't concentrate on life to well as his conscious gets the best of him. Pheonix tries to keep his morals and his family together. The acting is great. Ruffalo is almost as good as he was in Zodiac, and Phoenix gives the best performance I have ever seen him give. The critics may have smashed this movie, but in fact it is a great movie meant for multiple views, and I highly recommend it.
It was probably the actors but it really made me feel the emotion of loss and of being the cause of someone's loss. Really moving. I definitely advise people to watch. Of course it's not prefect but it really is a good film and just to see Joaquin Phoenix and Mark Ruffalo act superbly would be well worth it as it had my eyes watering at every dramatic event.Apart from the two leading males I believe Jennifer Connely was very good as her role as the morning mother. The story is well though of and I believe the plot is sturdy but could of done with being a little longer. If you enjoy <more>
steady paced films that stir your emotions up slightly and leave you questioning what you would do in certain situations I believe you should give this film a go.
I just finished watching an amazing movie. It was honest, dark and unrelenting, so clearly my type of film. Not a "feel good" at all, but worth seeing if you have the constitution for such films. It was "Reservation Road," not to be confused with the recently released Leo/Kate film which I am looking forward to seeing . It came out last summer and is one of those films that never had a chance to make it's money back. It involves two vehicles on the way home. The driver of one takes the life of the passenger of the other and in an instant everything has changed. Be <more>
prepared for a couple moments of coincidence that could certainly seem like too much, but actually serve to make the situation that much more complicated and messy. The cast is uniformly great. Mira Sorvino has not much to do, but does it well. Joaquin Pheonix serves a very tough role as will as possible. Mark Ruffalo rides the emotional waves of guilt, shame, hope, eventual agony and a throng of emotions I can't even grasp, with a brave honesty that wows. And Jennifer Connelly. Let's just say she reminds us why she has the Oscar. Man. The work she does is astonishing. I have to also mention Elle Fanning, who grasps emotion as well as her more famous sister but has the ability to still come across as a child, something her fellow child actor sister has never quite done in my opinion. So over all, not a film to brighten up your night, but still an amazing journey into grief, loss and, I would say, healing. Worth a heart heavy night if you have one to spare.
A Nutshell Review: Reservation Road (by DICK STEEL)
You wonder what goes through the minds of those involved in hit and run accidents. In that split second after impact, you are presented a choice, and your life will change, one way or the other. One probably has to consider whether to stop and render assistance, and in doing so owning up to the accident, but having a chance to save a life if the circumstances allow for it. Or to hope that nobody saw you did what you did, and bolt. Negligent drivers, either through drink driving, or being distracted while on the road, probably won't elicit much sympathy, especially so from the family of <more>
the victim, and in Reservation Road, powerful drama is weaved amongst the characters on both sides of the hit and run equation.Reservation Road refers to the scene of the crime, where the Learners - dad Ethan Joaquin Phoenix , mom Grace Jennifer Connelly and daughter Emma Elle Fanning lose their son/brother in an accident, caused by a man in a baseball cap, driving an SUV. On this angle, we follow through the pain of the family who suffer a terrible loss. The dad Ethan slowly degenerates into an obsessive wreck, trying in vain to pursue the perpetrator who's out there, through his own dogged investigations when he realizes that the cops can only do what they can given extremely limited leads which yielded no progress. The mom Grace, while at first finding it hard to accept the truth - and in the initial days, the simplest of reasons to pin the guilt in, will resonate deeply - but we see how she draws strength in the hope of keeping the family spirits up. And the daughter finds ways to cope with the loss through channeling her energies into performance.On the other angle, Mark Ruffalo plays Dwight the lawyer, who's estranged from his wife Ruth Mira Sorvino and has visiting rights to their son. When the accident happens, in that split second he made the inevitable decision for self preservation, and while he may have momentarily escape from justice and the law, negative karma dictates that he will live his life being tormented by guilt from that point on, all this while trying to provide reason that he based his decision on being able to be free from jail, to continue seeing his son. Confession and owning up will see himself in the slammer, and probably losing everything. I thought this part of the story was the more interesting one. On one hand we judge that he's a coward, of not being a man in owning up to the wrong that he did. On the other, we also realize his pain and his fear - it takes a lot to own up, especially when it involves lives being taken away, and from people we remotely know, no thanks to six degrees of separation.Based on the novel by John Burnham Schwartz who also co-wrote the screenplay with director Terry George Hotel Rwanda , some might wonder if the coming together of the key characters are a tad convenient. We have father to father in a lawyer-client position, and one mother being the teacher of the other's child. Putting them together will lead to the inevitable, but it is this unravelling of the truth, that keeps us engaged to a gripping ending. Scenes that will make you seethe with rage, and probably whisper a silent curse, will be those where opportunities for confession are presented, but each time spurned. As the saying goes, a lie begets a larger lie, and it will snowball before you realize that the lie becomes to difficult to cover up.Kudos go all round to the entire cast, save for Sorvino's role which is more cameo than supporting, mainly also because the tanglement of the complicated situation doesn't affect her character directly. Ruffalo put on a commendable performance as the man wrecked by guilt, and he fleshed his character with incredible nuances we usually associate when we are fearful, and guilty. You can feel pain through Joaquin's performance of the dad looking for justice, but finds himself being unsatisfied by the system of the law, and learns that sometimes the law and justice conflict each other, and offer the layman little or no protection, unlike those such as diplomats who have powers at their disposal. Jennifer Connelly of late plays nothing but pained wives/mothers/girlfriends A Beautiful Mind, Hulk, Dark Water, Little Children , so there's nothing really new in her role her. But I would like to single out little Elle Fanning. While her role here is fairly simple, I thought she had exhibited much more screen presence and likability than her more illustrious sister Dakota, who has disappeared after her last outing in Charlotte's Web. Hopefully we get to see more of Elle taking on challenging kid/teen roles in time to come.Reservation Road is recommended for being a powerful drama with excellent an excellent cast. Usually movies like these will have the mothers bawling and the picture being a weepy drama, but here, the movie shifts its focus to the love of fathers toward their sons, and that makes it well worth a watch.
With guilt, there's nowhere to hide (by Craig_McPherson)
The human conscience is a powerful thing. Couple it with a life altering mistake compounded by a momentary lapse in moral judgment and a person can find themselves gripped by a lifetime of guilt. Such is the case in the melancholy Reservation Road, which tells the story of two men whose lives are shattered in the blink of an eye, and the guilt and fear that grow from the festering wound it leaves.Joaquin Phoenix stars as Ethan Learner, a college professor who, while driving home with his wife Grace Jennifer Connelly and two young children Emma and Josh Elle Fanning and Sean Curley , decide <more>
to make a stop at a gas station on Reservation Road. It's there that in one quick moment of tragedy Josh is accidentally hit and killed by an SUV driven by lawyer Dwight Arno Mark Ruffalo , frantically rushing his son home to his ex-wife after a Red Sox game.Compounding the tragedy is Dwight's decision, rendered in a split second, to speed away from the scene, leaving Ethan with only a blurred fleeting glimpse and little else to aid the police with their investigation.In the days that follow, the inner torture that both sides face threatens to destroy the very fabric of their souls.Directed by Terry George Hotel Rwanda and based on the critically acclaimed novel by John Burnham Schwartz who co-wrote the screenplay with George , the story adds a darker layer to the human tragedy when Ethan unwittingly opts to hire Dwight as his lawyer to help ensure the killer is prosecuted to the full extent of the law, should he be captured.Both Phoenix and Ruffalo turn in impressive performances as two men whose insides have been rendered asunder by the accident. Rufallo is particularly convincing in that even though his character has full access to the police investigation and knows that he will likely never be caught, he cannot escape the torment that what he did was wrong and must somehow be put right.There's no easy answers to be found along Reservation Road, only choices; the choice to forgive or to hate, to admit one's guilt or bury it, to live a life of eternal torment, or move on however difficult that may be. Life's all about choices, and Reservation Road is a choice not to be passed up.
I had my doubts about this movie when I saw the trailers, but with the run of the mill movies releasing now a days, I thought this might be comparatively good. And I was not wrong.After viewing a baseball match with his son, lawyer Dwight Arno Mark Ruffalo , by mistake, drives over and kills the child of Ethan Learner Joaquin Phoenix and Grace Learner Jennifer Connelly . Dwight is scared and drives away, and hides this fact from everyone. The police are in search of this hit and run offender, who no one except Ethan has seen only as a glimpse in the night Dwight with a baseball cap . <more>
Ethan approaches a lawyer's firm and hires Dwight to fight the hit and run case. As the time passes, there is no evidence that the hit and run offender would ever be arrested, that makes Ethan desperate. As events unfold, when one day Ethan sees Dwight in the night in a baseball cap he remembers the uncanny resemblance of Dwight to the hit and run offender. In the end, Ethan plans to take the law in his own hand and kill Dwight what happens next? I won't tell here The movie's plot is simple and an event that could happen to anyone. But the psychological trauma everyone undergoes through is portrayed brilliantly here. Not only of the family and parents of the lost child, but of the hit and run offender. Our heart goes out for Dwight's plight, who wants to confess his crime, but is so scared. Mark Ruffalo scores full marks for portraying the hidden emotions of trauma on his face and body language.An excellent performance indeed. I need to see this fellow's a few more movies to know whether this performance is a fluke? Nothing to take away from Joaquin Phoenix, who is so sincere in his acting that one can not take away the despair from him. He is perfect. Jennifer Connelly, at times over-reacting as the character demanded is also good in her role.The direction is fantastic, and keeps the audiences glued to the sit throughout. The events unfold keeping you guessing continuously, every turn of events brings Ethan closer to his suspect Dwight and that is great to watch. I would recommend the scene when Joaquin calls Mark at the scene of the crime, knowing Mark could be the suspect. The scene is terrific, especially the ending of the scene when the camera walks along with Joaquin's face, and Mark standing still behind. Fantastic! A very well directed movie by award winning Hotel Rwanda director Terry George, who has co-written the screenplay of this movie with John Burnham Schwartz who has written the novel by the same name.A highly recommended movie. Stars 7.75 out of 10