16  DEC
Four friends have made a mistake that will change their lives forever.

Directed by  Barry Levinson
Written by  Lorenzo Carcaterra, Barry Levinson
Starring:  Robert De Niro (Father Bobby)
Kevin Bacon (Sean Nokes)
Dustin Hoffman (Danny Snyder)
Brad Pitt (Michael)
Jason Patric (Lorenzo, a.k.a. Shakes)
Ron Eldard (John)
Billy Crudup (Tommy)
Vittorio Gassman (King Benny)
Runtime: 152 minutes
Four boys growing up in Hell's Kitchen play a prank that leads to the an old man getting hurt. Sentenced to a no less than one year in the Wilkenson Center in upstate New York, the four friends are changed by the beating, humiliation and sexual abuse by the guards sworn the protect them. Ten years later and a chance meeting lead to a chance for revenge against the Wilkenson Center and the guards. - Andrew Glass

Interesting plot, organised in a good way, mixing past and present events, partially narrated by one of the main characters and with many good actors.

Maybe a bit too long and prolix but it rarely becomes boring anyway. The photography is somewhat dark but it fits the 'strong' story.

It is nice to see the point of view of the characters which are young brigands living in a poor ghetto including some funny bit, for example when they give a rather 'material' interpretation of the ecclesiastic career!

Very good ending, mixing happiness and sadness, past and present, which is absolutely in line with the rest of the movie.

Rating: 7.8  ****




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