Wednesday, May 14, 2008

The Reckoning (2004) R - 4 Stars

It's England in the 14th century, the year is 1380, and a man of the cloth turns his robe in for redemption, flees town and hooks up with a wagon full of traveling actors. I really liked this movie, perhaps be it the time period or Dafoe doing a knock out job in the role of Martin.

Disgraced monk Nicholas de Valette (Paul Bettany), must leave his small town after the shame of sodomizing the towns boys and adultery. He must flee as he's disgraced the church and he meets up with a wagon of actors that travel from town to town preforming Biblical plays. The groups leader Martin (Willem Dafoe) along with Martin's sister Sarah (Gina McKee) skeptically welcome Nicholas into their group while others like Tobias (Brian Cox), keep a watchful eye on him.

They arrive at a small town under the protection of Lord de Guise (Vincent Cassell), where a woman Martha (Elvira Minguez), is on trial for witchcraft and the murder of a young boy Thomas Wells, something she did not do. Normally their plays consist of Biblical recollections like the expulsion of Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden, but Martin proposes that the group do a play about Martha.

Their hopes are by reconstructing the fateful night of the murder, the crowd will help solve the crime and pin the proper person to murder allowing Martha to go free. Trying something like this will make the town uneasy and prices will be paid for their attempt.

Paramount Vantage
Director: Paul McGuigan
Writer: Mark Mills
Producer: Caroline Wood
I viewed 2/07

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