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Two Deaths of Henry Baker

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Graphic violence, nudity, language in gritty drama-thriller.

Movie R 2020 95 minutes
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This is a dark if imbalanced drama-thriller about fathers, sons, and the burdens of the past. Two Deaths of Henry Baker is an understated low-budget movie that's trying really hard to communicate these messages on fathers, sons, their relationships or lack thereof, but gets lost in the weeds of side stories and too many conflicts going on at once. The twists come across as clunky, and there are more than a few moments that feel unnecessary and distracting. There's an overreliance on understatement, violence, convenient coincidences, and mistaken identity. And yet, there's something there in spite of the movie's weaknesses, so the result is the feeling that the script is one or two drafts away from being finished.

It's a shame because the acting is, on the whole, very good. Acting is perhaps the most crucial aspect in a low-budget movie overcoming its cash shortages, and while not tremendous, the actors bring enough to keep the story interesting. It's an earnest movie, but it leaves more questions than answers. There's not quite enough character development to hang onto, and after a while, the violence feels gratuitous. It's a frustrating movie in that it's almost good, but it doesn't quite cut it.

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