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The Pledge
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Directed By
Sean Penn

Written By:
Jerzy Kromolowski, Mary Olson-Kromolowski

Jack Nicholson, Robin Wright Penn, Aaron Eckhart, Vanessa Redgrave, Patricia Clarkson, Benicio Del Toro, Costas Mandylor, Helen Mirren, Tom Noonan, Michael O'Keefe, Mickey Rourke, Sam Shepard, Lois Smith, Harry Dean Stanton, Dale Dickey, Pauline Roberts

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The Pledge (2001)
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Movie Review by Tim
February 26th, 2008

An acquired taste...

Favorite Movie Quote: "I made a promise, Eric. You're old enough to remember when that meant something..."

I could sit here and say that this is one of the worst films I have ever seen and probably not second guess myself about that claim. I could also sit here and pick this film apart for hours discussing every single detail about how they f*cked up this movie soooo bad.

The Pledge is not your typical "who dun it" type of film. The length of the film overwhelms you with a below average plot and sloppy direction. Nicholson is on point as always but even a fine actor like himself cant save this dreadful film from being a complete waste of two hours.

Sean Penn whom I have never been a big fan of used these really annoying choppy edits of flashbacks of Nicholson's old crime scenes and these annoying birds that were suppose to display emotion but rather failed.

Some very good plot ideas had their surfaces scratched and then forgotten with a good bit of loose ends left in a pile for the audience. I was very confused and disappointed with the ending. The ending leaves a character in a state of insanity and nothing positive came from the characters actions throughout the whole film which is fine, I'm not opposed to the good guy losing once in a while but this just didn't seem to be the story to choose that path with.

Robin Wright Penn (or should I just say Jenny) is always a joy, really the actors in this film all gave good, strong character portrayals but again it just couldn't save the rest of the cluster f*ck.

What I found really off the wall was that the film deals with several pedophile's which the audience is constantly having to decide who is one and who isn't. Then the character that's suppose to be your hero (Nicholson) uses a little girl as bait to try and catch one, putting her life in danger almost making him just as bad. So you feel like even your hero has let you down and there is NO reward at all with the film.

I'm thinking that some people would like the simplicity of this film and the fact that it is indeed a very different film being that the conclusion is not a happy one and not what your expecting or hoping for. Some people get off on different things and that's the only type of person that I could see praising this film.

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