Film Reviews, Short Review

The Pledge (2003)

3/4

For most of its running time The Pledge is a fairly serviceable, somewhat predictable police procedural film with an occasionally hammy script and some gratuitous moments of overacting (witness Benicio Del Toro grunting his way through a cameo as a mentally disabled Native American, oh dear). The last third or so however, is quite excellent and lifts up what would have otherwise been an instantly forgettable crime thriller, as we begin to delve deeper into our protagonist’s mind. Jack Nicholson is always at his best when he restrains himself (see: The King of Marvin Gardens, The Passenger) and it’s no different here, though the rest of the cast are absolutely A-grade too.

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