Reach the Rock

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  • R
  • 1998
  • 1 hr 40 min
  • 6.6  (899)

Reach the Rock is a 1998 film that follows the story of an oddball duo comprised of small-town delinquent Robin (Alessandro Nivola) and his stodgy former high school principal, Father Kevin (William Sadler). The action takes place over the course of one night, as the pair find themselves trapped in the town's police station by a ruthless sheriff, played by Bruce Norris. The two men share a history of sorts, as Kevin had previously been Robin's principal, and had suspended him from school for a series of pranks that had gone too far.

As the night wears on, Robin's behavior becomes more and more erratic, as he struggles with the consequences of his past actions, and with the specter of his future. Meanwhile, Kevin grapples with his own personal demons, as well as his complicated past relationship with Robin.

The film is marked by its poignant portrayal of the troubled relationship between the two main characters. Nivola gives a powerful performance as the troubled Robin, whose life has been derailed by his penchant for pushing boundaries. Sadler, for his part, is convincing as the serious, upstanding priest who is both repelled and drawn to Robin's wildness.

Norris also stands out in his role as the angry, authoritarian sheriff, who is intent on keeping the two men locked up and under his control. His portrayal of the character is chillingly effective, as he embodies the embodiment of unchecked power.

Despite its heavy subject matter, the film also has its lighter moments, as Robin and Kevin engage in a series of witty exchanges and banter. The humor is often biting, and serves to underscore the underlying tension that exists between the two characters.

Visually, the film is shot in a way that is both immersive and claustrophobic. The police station is depicted as a cramped, claustrophobic space, with few places for Robin and Kevin to hide from one another, or from the sheriff who is constantly prowling around outside.

Overall, Reach the Rock is a powerful, emotionally intense film that explores themes of redemption, regret, and reconciliation. Nivola, Sadler, and Norris all turn in standout performances, and the screenplay is gripping and well-constructed. Fans of crime dramas and character studies will likely find much to admire in this film.

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    6.6  (899)