Is an excellent film that offers a rarity in films of recent times, a story in which the thriller and drama are wonderfully blended for the viewers, giving them enjoyment and understanding of both the evaluation of the characters and the plot of the story. Clint Eastwood gave us this dark thriller, an exciting and touching character study about emotional grief, guilt and friendship. The strength of this film lies in its plot, a complex tragedy that brings up deep trauma. I love how Eastwood introduced us to our three protagonists, Jimmy Markum (Sean Penn), Dave Boyle (Tim Robbins) and Sean Devine (Kevin Bacon), each with his own view of the world and through them, we can see their past that triggered their traumatic lives.
I admit, it is a very hard film, but with its great realism, it makes the viewers immersed in a world that nobody wants to see, but it really exists. I was impressed a lot, and was not expecting much from it, but I was wrong. This film is a real acting duel between Sean Penn and Tim Robbins (two of my favorite character actors) although this doesn’t mean that Kevin Bacon played terrible. Eastwood’s strong narrative structure with sublime storytelling could somehow deliver fascinating thriller that revolves around the lives of the three friends.