This film by Terry George (Hotel Rwanda) focuses on the lives of two fathers that sit on opposite sides of a tragic accident. On one side, we see a man guilt-stricken for unintended actions. On the other, we see a man seeking revenge in order to fill a void that now exists in his life. Their lives, both under intense pressure, intersect in a suspenseful and emotional plot.
Reservation Road is filled with heartfelt scenes and a cast that will certainly draw attention to the box office. Joaquin Phoenix, Mark Ruffalo, Jennifer Connelly, Mira Sorvino, Elle Fanning and Eddie Alderson give remarkable performances on the big screen, bringing John Burnham Schwartz’s 1998 novel to life.
Overall, better editing could have heightened the excitement at times, and the film lacked a suspenseful score. Though I didn’t read the book, I’ve a hunch it had some elements that made the read more gripping than the film.
Reservation Road releases in select theaters Oct. 19.