Friday, April 11, 2008

The King (2005) R - 3½ Stars

I thought this was a real good movie through most of it but the ending was pretty weak. The characters sucked me in, only to be let down at the end.

20 year old Elvis Sandow (Gael García Bernal) has just gotten out of the Navy. He's looking for his biological father that abandoned him when he was young. When he finds out his father is Pastor David Sandow (William Hurt), he goes to Corpus Christi, TX to confront him. It seems that Pastor Sandow wants to forget that part of his sinful life for Elvis was conceived out of wedlock. Elvis agrees to allow Pastor Sandow to break the news to his family his own way but meanwhile violates Sandow's daughter Malerie (Pell James) who becomes pregnant with his child. The two sneak out a lot and her brother Paul (Paul Dano) follows them and threatens to tell on him. That costs Paul dearly and when the truth comes out, this family will never be the same.

Director: James Marsh
Writers: Milo Addica, James Marsh
Producers: Milo Addica, James Wilson
I viewed 10/06

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