Great acting, but some plot hole potholes
Two people were nominated for Academy Awards for their performances here: Kate Winslet and Jackie Earle Haley. One a yearning housewife, dying to get out of the mold she's put herself in, the other a childish pedophile with a Norman Bates relationship with his mother. Both great roles fulfilled by two actors on the top of their games, Haley stands out especially, his looks (no offense) don't exactly hurt the way the audience perceives his character. The movie to me feels very "American Beauty," except in that film ample screentime was not only given to Kevin Spacey's uproarious Lester, but to nearly every one of the ensemble members. Here, Sarah's (Winslet) husband Richard is brought in for a very disturbing scene, and then mostly left in the dust. Larry (Noah Emmerich) also gets diminished time, when his grieving cop could've had something much more interesting to chew on. So while the movie does set out to be ambitious it settles for something a little less, and the ending will especially leave you with many, many moments that will have you scratching your head. And trust me, this isn't for the young ones. There are two key scenes in this movie that I wish I had a "Men in Black" memory eraser for.