|MEADOWLAND (director: Reed Morano; screenwriter: Chris Rossi; cinematographer: Reed Morano; editor: Madeleine Gavin; music: Adam Taylor; cast: Olivia Wilde (Sarah), Luke Wilson (Phil), Giovanni Ribisi (Tim), Elisabeth Moss (Shannon), Ty Simpkins (Adam), John Leguizamo (Pete), Kevin Corrigan (Joe), Merritt Wever (Kelly), Scott Mescudi (Jason), Mark Feuerstein (Rob), Juno Temple (Mackenzie); Runtime: 94; MPAA Rating: R; producers: Olivia Wilde, Margot Hand, Matt Tauber, Aaron L. Gilbert; Tribeca Film Festival; 2015)|
|"A solid effort."
by Dennis Schwartz
uneven in spots but emotionally interesting missing
child drama helmed by first-timer Reed Morano, a longtime
cinematographer. Writer Chris Rossi wrote the clichéd
script, the weakest part of the film. The screenplay
explores how the pained couple shows their grief over
the loss and begin to unravel, with the female
director less interested in the story than in studying
the characters for their emotional reactions.
The acting is potent. The visuals have an immediacy, as shot by a handheld camera. The trauma is realistic, and the couple are sympathetic. It's a solid effort, that reminded me of Rabbit Hole (2010).
REVIEWED ON 3/4/2016 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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