February 17, 2008

...North Country (2005)

Although it hits all the right buttons, North Country seems a bit too earnest. The acting (Charlize Theron, Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sean Bean, Sissy Spacek, Richard Jenkins) is good and the Minnesota landscape is beautiful but the script is a bit too pat. Even though I was oblivious to the women and lawsuit on which this movie was based, the sides were too evenly drawn and the ending easily foreshadowed from the beginning. The film ends up feeling like something made by an upscale Lifetime production company; not that there's anything wrong with that as the movie kept my interest and I was glad to see those evil men get their comeuppance.

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