Friday, January 24 2014, 07:40 AM MST
Sundance 2014: God's Pocket
3 out of 5 Stars
Director: John Slattery
Starring: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Richard Jenkins, Christina Hendricks, John Turturro
Category: U.S. Dramatic
Recommended to: Those looking for a film with a great cast that is let down by its unfocused script and uneven direction.
Synopsis: When Mickey Scarpato’s (Philip Seymour Hoffman) stepson is killed in a construction accident his wife, believing there’s a cover up, demands that he uncover the truth.
Review: God's Pocket, a nowhere town where anything can and probably has happened, feels like the Wild West where laws are made by the town's sense of
morality rather than a traditional model of what is right or wrong. On that level God’s Pocket works quite well as it establishes an atmosphere or unpredictability, but the film is undermined by its incredibly uneven tone. It might want to be a dark comedy, but it has a hard time not becoming a straight drama with odd moments of bleak humor. The performances are good; particularly from Philip Seymour Hoffman who's character offers him the most to work with, but the script feels a bit too loose and the direction a touch unfocused. Considering the cast, it's just not as satisfying as it should be.
-Ryan Michael Painter