In the latest drama spotlight we have some drugs & violence, some prisoners, and some gambling. First we have Days of Grace. The film has a lot of praise for it, but I didn’t see where it was any different than most films about drugs and violence and kids getting into trouble. It’s not a bad film, far from it actually, but the very high praise is surprising. I’ve seen similar films before and will again. It has all kinds of acclaim from Mexico, but how is it any different than Traffic, City of God, Una Noche and other similar films?
Next we have Two Men in Town. Forest Whitaker plays a recently released prisoner trying to stay straight. Harvey Keitel plays a police chief who doesn’t believer Whitaker can change his ways after killing a police officer years back. Both actors are good in it, but you can kind of tell where the film is going. Luis Guzman and Ellen Burstyn have roles as well so the acting is pretty fantastic even if the story is rather unoriginal. Still a solid film and if you like anyone in the cast, I recommend it for their fans.
Speaking of prisoners, our number 3 movie is Healing. This Australian film stars Hugo Weaving as a low security prison officer. A prisoner is reassigned to the jail and Weaving things the prisoner can be rehabilitated using birds. There’s the standard prison side stories with other prisoners doing bad things which might cause the lead to not get out. It’s not a bad film, it’s just quite slow. Another film that you can tell where it’s going, but fans of Weaving might like it.
Last we have The Squeeze. I was hoping for more a comedy than drama because golf comedies are great, but it doesn’t quite get comedic enough despite having Christopher McDonald in it. The film’s about an undiscovered golfer who ends up working for McDonald hustling on golf courses. Of course he gets in over his head and ends up in Vegas because it’s a gambling movie and Vegas has to be involved. It’s nothing special, but I’ve seen worse. If you like McDonald or looking at Jillian Murray give it a watch, but if you miss it, you didn’t miss much.