Sunday, March 24, 2013

The Woodsman (2004)

If you don't want to or can't see a pedophile as anything other than a monster don't bother. Also don't bother if you can't deal with very frank discussions of various sex acts. If you can get past the subject this is a movie that will knock your socks off.

Kevin Bacon is excellent as a man just out of prison who is trying to find a life in the real world, a world that hates him and the crime he committed. Bacon shows us the total conflict that is going on inside a man who did somethings and now is trying to put them behind him, while struggling with temptations anew. For the most part the script is free of a clich├ęd feeling, though there are a few bumps in the story that seems a tad contrived, as if they wanted to cover every possibility. But the flaws are minor thanks to a cast that is uniformly excellent from top to bottom.

Kudos to everyone involved.

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