Director: Sean Penn. Cast: Jack Nicholson, David Morse, Anjelica Huston, Robin Wright, Piper Laurie, John Savage. 111 min. Rated R. Drama.
Although a great filmmaker, I wouldn't exactly call Penn a "fair-minded" artist. But here is a sincere effort to show both sides of a tragedy: a father who lost a daughter to a drunk-driving accident and is hell-bent on revenge; and the driver who is crushed under the guilt and is released after a five-year sentence. The father wants to kill; the convict is fine with being killed. The film, with all its melodrama, illustrates how powerless one is when dealt with a catastrophic card. And makes you nostalgic for the days Nicholson and Huston used to take great roles.