Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller.
Question: Do know that feeling you get when you are watching something really creepy? Sends shivers down your spine, right? Well, this movie did that but not in an in-your-face kind of way.
I found Tenderness on Sundance Channel recently and had a couple hours to kill during a mid-afternoon thunderstorm. I couldn't have picked a better genre to watch during that time. Tenderness is a C-REE-PY film but in a really subtle way because the movie really didn't go into much graphic detail.
I will not divulge what the story is about but I will say this was a decent movie. Based on the young adult novel by Robert Cormier, this story takes you on a few days’ jaunt around New York State where a convicted killer is set free after reaching 18 years of age.
Russell Crowe and Laura Dern are not the main characters but they bring a certain weight to the relatively unknown cast who has to pull off this creepy thriller. Yes, I used that word again but it is really cre...oh, never-mind. You get the picture.
Upon some research I did about this movie, I found it was only released on one screen for one day. There was no other explanation as to why. I am not sure if that is going to make you want to see it or pass but I enjoyed the film - not the subject matter - but it kept my interest for the duration.
My favorite part: hard to say.
My least favorite part: The subject matter.
Sequel possibility? nope.
Did the previews show too much? I never saw any - I just saw Russell Crowe's name attached and taped it.
Length: 101 minutes
Review: 6 out of 10
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