ByJanna Dk MacDonald-Walsh, writer at
Both known and forgotten horror films of the 20th Century
Janna Dk MacDonald-Walsh

This was quiet possibly one of the most heart-wrenching films of the year. Once again, I'm a bit late with this review, so I won't go into too much depth with the in this review. The three main characters are Ray (Chiwetel Ejiofor), Jess (Julia Roberts) and Claire (Nicole Kidman) and for 13 years the death of Jess's teenage daughter has hung over their heads like a cloud of dread. Through a series of flashbacks to the initial investigation, the audience sees that all three have done questionable things to track down the killer. The killer eventually let go, and no one has been looking for him for 13 years... Except one. The performances of all three main actors is brilliant and flawless, however, Roberts is the one who stands out. Playing the role of a mother, whom has lost her only child, is a difficult challenge to play, and only a few actors and actresses have managed to pull it off convincingly. The lost look which contains a combination grief, sadness and anger is done by Roberts effortlessly, and is probably one of best performances in the last couple of years. The story itself is amazing, yet hard to watch at the same time because we see the ripple effect that one death can cause a group of people, almost turning them into shadows of their former selves. It is a good film to see, and I strongly recommend it for any fan of Julia Roberts.


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