Overall Rank: 7661
Average Rating: 2.5/4
# of Ratings: 41
Theatrical Release Date: 01/19/2001
Genre: Drama, Crime
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Sean Penn
Actors: Patricia Clarkson, Benicio Del Toro, Aaron Eckhart, Jack Nicholson, Tom Noonan, Vanessa Redgrave
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Indyfreak - wrote on 08/07/2018
A dark brooding mystery thriller about Jerry Black: a retired cop who won't rest until he catches a child killer which only Black believes remains at large. The film is more of a character study than an action movie. The ending won't make everyone happy but it's a clear statement of the consequence of relentless obsession.
Ingrid Bergman - wrote on 09/03/2014
Sean Penn delivers an unforgettable psychological thriller with an interesting storyline, fantastic cinematography, a stellar cast headed by Jack Nicholson in a powerhouse performance as Jerry Black and a haunting soundtrack that perfectly complements the plot.
spanglish - wrote on 08/17/2010
The beginning of this movie holds much promise as the viewer is placed in the midst of a crime scene. The problem with the Pledge is that: 1. the movie is about this "pledge" that occurs at the beginning of movie but it is rarely brought up again--if we are supposed to see the pledge as a torment to his psyche then it needs to be clearer. How does it pain him? Why did he make the pledge? 2. there is not enough character development. This movie is not about crime; this movie is about how a retired detective copes with his conscience. We need to know more about the characters quirks, his past, and more clues to his internal struggle since, in the end, this is what is important.
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Andrew - wrote on 06/04/2012
The Pledge starts out with a bang. A girl is murdered, and Jerry Black (Jack Nicholson) a soon to be retired cop makes a pledge to the girl's parents that he will find her killer. After apprehending a suspect (Benicio Del Toro), the police question him and get him to "confess". However, he escapes and kills himself with a cop's weapon. This is the high point in the film.
The rest of the film doesn't live up to the beginning. It drags at a snail's pace as Black attempts to find the killer. He takes up a romance with Lori (Robin Wright Penn), which is the only thing that really happens in the latter part of the film. The ending is a great disappointment and without giving up too much information, the film's title is a bit misleading.
The acting is quite good, Jack Nicholson …
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