By Fred Topel | Image property of Warner Bros. Pictures
Rails & Ties
Ever since I saw Death Sentence, I've been obsessed with Kevin Bacon's awesome performances. Of course, I prefer those performances to be in the middle of intense thrillers that I'd watch anyway. I knew Rails & Ties would be more of an actor's piece, but it suffers from the worst of that subgenre.
DVD Review: Rails & Ties
It's already about depressing things like cancer and suicide, so you're starting out in that territory. Sure, Bacon and Marcia Gay Harden act their hearts out, as we know they can. But who wants to spend 100 minutes with this?
There is the potential for hope with a child, but the film kind of just revels in the misery of its characters, as these films tend to do. There's a reason it didn't make theaters despite the A-list talent.
It is full widescreen which may look nice on widescreen TVs, especially the length of the train tracks. But it's not really a visual spectacle either. So bravo, great work, I just don't feel like going there right now.