DVD Review: Tenderness

By Drum Digital
09 February 2011

Rating 2/5

Drama. 2009. 97 min. With Russell Crowe, Jon Foster and Sophie Traub. Director: John Polson. 13LSV.

Eric (Foster), a young serial killer, is released from juvenile detention and together with a troubled teen girl (Traub) goes on an unsettling road trip. But they’re being followed by a policeman (Crowe) who divides his time between caring for his comatose wife and keeping tabs on Eric, who he’s convinced will kill again...

This film may be about a serial killer but there’s no blood and gore. It’s slow, meandering pace is reminiscent of movies such as The Thin Red Line where the focus is on characterisation. Eric is a time-bomb and the tension builds on his quiet intensity – though hardly to fever pitch.

It’s puzzling why Crowe barely features in a film spearheaded by lesser-known actors. The movie’s unnecessary lingering makes it hard to stay interested and, while it’s a novel take on an overused character, the dawdling pace and sparse dialogue make for a dull watch.

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