An opportunity missed.
FZero - wrote on 02/19/08
This is one of those movies you watch and know it could have been something special. Always on the brink of greatness but never quite reaching that pinnacle. A good editor could have sliced half-an-hour off the runtime by eliminating some of the otiose plot threads with characters we didn't really care about. A tighter movie with more focus given where it belonged, on the main characters, would have been magnificent. All that being said, the cinematography was beautiful, the nature shots and the use of light whether it was from the sun or train headlights was stunning. Casey Affleck gives a career defining performance and catapults himself into a select list of actors we should all watch out for. It's a shame the flaws weren't recognized and corrected.