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By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Intense crime drama has graphic violence and sex.

Movie NR 2018 91 minutes
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As artfully revealed over the course of the movie, the silent and violent Roy starts out seeming to be nothing more than a cliché mob gang member. He's a tough, uncaring destroyer with unerring killer and survival instincts. But expert direction by Melanie Laurent guides us to see a man whose conscience and heart have long been buried. It takes a happenstance encounter with an abused teen and her innocent daughter to make him human again.

In the end, Galveston surpasses plot -- it doesn't really matter why he's running, who he's running from, or what blackmail documents he has on his boss, leverage that is scarcely explained at all. The circumstances seem constructed more to showcase the ultimate appearance of Roy's humanity, long hidden under a tough, well-armored exterior. All the alcohol, all the cigarettes, as well as the man-of-few-words pose, indicate a person coping with isolation, loneliness, and perhaps remorse. It's too dark and mature for kids, but older teens might appreciate it.

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