While the turn of events is most certainly an inconvenience for both of them, Doyle insists they "do the right thing" by exchanging insurance information and waiting for the police to arrive.
Gavin refuses, and after futilely attempting to pay off Doyle with a blank check, hurriedly jumps back in his car and speeds away. In the process he leaves Doyle, whose car was totaled in the accident, stranded When Banek realizes that he no longer has the file in his possession, he convinces the judge to give him until the end of the day to retrieve it.
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However Doyle, who is now in danger of losing his children since he failed to show up in time for his own court appearance, refuses to return it. In desperation, the lawyer hires a "fixer" to put pressure on Doyle by canceling his bank accounts, putting the man's loan — which is his only remaining chance of convincing his ex-wife to stay — in jeopardy. Not one to be pushed around, an enraged Doyle delivers Gavin an ultimatum: From there, the two men enter an ever-tightening spiral of revenge, at the center of which they are bound to collide once more They both hover at the point of forgiveness, but neither is willing to let go of their self-righteous indignation and make mature choices.
The characters along the way each present them with choices, each representing a world view that Gavin and Doyle must adopt or reject. Sidney Pollack best known as a director is outstanding as Gavin's corrupt boss and there are other strong supporting performances by Toni Collette, William Hurt, and Amanda Peet.
Families can talk about the characters' conflicting impulses to forgive and to get revenge. What finally convinces Doyle to give the file back? What did his friend mean when he told Doyle "Alcohol was never really your drug of choice? In a way, this is a movie about the way people do and don't listen to each other and how that makes us feel. Where do we see that theme most clearly? Why was Gavin able to ignore the reality of his situation? Was the end of the film realistic?
Parents will want to discuss safe driving habits with their teens after seeing this film as well. Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners. See how we rate.
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R 99 minutes. Boston Globe - Renee Graham.
Banek is one of the more complex characters Affleck has attempted, but the performance comes off flat and uninvolving. Gets too caught up in its escalating violence and strained-to-bursting moral subtexts. It's the blood of souls drenching the screen, and it's a hideous sight to behold. I love the music and ambiance Cast and director did good job of escalating the consequences of the characters actions, nice plot twists; Jackson was better than Affleck; Pollack was good as lawyer; ending was contrite.
If you think you've had a hard day, try this Jackson plays Doyle Gipson, an insurance salesman who is trying to earn his family back. Between attending AA meetings, he is seeking regular access to his two children. Affleck plays Gavin Banek, whose law firm demands he do morally If you think you've had a hard day, try this Affleck plays Gavin Banek, whose law firm demands he do morally questionable deeds so they can keep earning from their clients.
We see their flaws but if there is a difference early on, it is that Gipson wants to do right by everyone while Banek is blinkered into looking after himself. Beginning sharply with a car accident, Banek makes a choice which robs Gipson of something that can't be replaced. Gipson in turn has something Banek desperately needs.
As one man's manipulative tactics are used in increasingly desperate measures, the other's wanting to do the right thing quickly evaporates as he is pushed to the brink and beyond. All the action is played out over the course of a day and what a day it is. I've seldom seen so much packed into one hour period that feels as real as this. Things of course move along rapidly. Just when you think a scene may become bogged down in too much talk, one guy makes his move, sparking off the next in the series of clashes. By the end however, both come to ground with a view of themselves they didn't have when they set out that morning.
Damage has been done but maybe some can be repaired as two men learn from each other how to be better and move forward.