Director: Peter Jackson. Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Mark Wahlberg, Rachel Weisz, Susan Sarandon, Stanley Tucci, Michael Imperioli. 136 min. Rated PG-13. USA/UK/New Zealand. Drama.
Haven't read Alice Sebold's bestselling novel, but not sure if fantasy guru Peter Jackson was the right choice for such emotionally intense concepts such as rape, murder or mutilation of a teenage girl. The film contains multiple cross-cuts between different locations on earth (consider: did you know what was happening to your daughter while you calmly had dinner?), and between heaven and earth, during which Jackson proves his expertise in fantasy imagery. Terrible acting by Rachel Weisz leads to a very implausible mother character, but Stanley Tucci is superb as the maniacal killer.