Four years ago, Chris Pratt (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) was a fun-loving high school jock who took one too many chances behind the wheel and ended up with a severe brain injury. Now he lives with his blind roommate Lewis (Jeff Daniels), goes to rehab classes, and works as a custodian at night. Chris is lonely, and is happy when a ne'er-do-well ( Matthew Goode) befriends him, but before he knows it, he's involved in a bank heist.
Gordon-Levitt is such an interesting young actor. He makes small indy movies (like Brick and Mysterious Skin) that are invariably well-made, memorable character studies. He has the maturity and charisma to pull off a sensitive performance, displaying a range of emotions with just the pained expression in his eyes. Jeff Daniels gives an understated performance as the sadder-but-wiser friend, and Matthew Goode is convincing as the lowlife creep who leads Chris astray.
Writer-director Scott Frank has created a bleak, moody "Fargo"-esque film with frozen snowscapes and gritty characters (although the soft-ball ending disappointed me). Recommended for those looking for something different, a quiet movie about dealing with adversity and making foolish choices.
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