I'm a sucker for this kind of drama, no matter how many times it is either reinvented or recycled. This leans more towards the latter, but the truths it tells about how we try to live with the lies we tell, specifically how it has manifested itself upon Detective Erin Bell (delivered with a haunting perfection from Nicole Kidman), is the film's major saving grace. The tension and atmosphere created by the cinematography and score sucked me in as well.
One element I haven't seen much in the praise of this film is actually how funny it is. There is a subtle but direct layer of levity, which is mostly used to ease the very palpable tension. I saw it twice in theaters and both times one particular line got a hearty response from the audience. Nearly all of it surrounds the chemistry of it's two leads, and the individual choices they made regarding their characters.
Tom Cruise (in arguably…
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There's a ruthlessness to James Caan's performance as Frank that cuts through like one of his tools of the safe-cracking trade. It's 100% pure alpha-male bravado, that can be quickly brought down to earth. Whether it's by his best friend or his wife, there is as equally no fear to the emotion he brings. That's one thing (of many) about Michael Mann's work that is so engaging, is how he shows his protagonists (as well as his antagonists, too) balancing…