The first 1012 films are from The 1,000 Greatest Films list, and maintain the original order. The films that follow…
A police chief about to retire pledges to help a woman find her daughter's killer. Based on a story by Swiss writer Friedrich Dürrenmatt.
The Pledge is an underrated gem that explores the nature of both promises and obsession, all wrapped up in the trappings of a stylish and high-quality thriller. Sean Penn's direction is out of this world, Chris Menge's cinematography is vibrant and lush, the music by Klaus Badelt and Hans Zimmer is simply haunting, and It's all topped off by a powerhouse of a performance by Jack Nicholson.
Let's face it, the story could be considered derivative, but it doesn't really matter when the technical elements are so fascinating and the themes that are interwoven are so dominant. By the end of the film, you'll be so invested in the story that it'll take awhile to realize the dark and devastating path that the film has taken you on. Truly, The Pledge is as engrossing as thrillers get.
All in all, a simply excellent film, and it's highly recommended for anyone who enjoys a quality slow-burn thriller.
Jack Nicholson is really one of our greats.
He delivers one of his all-time best performances as Jerry Black, a retired cop who thinks his last case on the job closed too easily. The story, refreshingly, is not about the ongoing murder mystery of the little girl in the red dress. This is a film about Jerry Black, a man who simply cannot let go.
Sean Penn surehandedly directs this meandering, almost lyrical, drama that is peppered by a cast of greats, old and new. The standout is Aaron Eckhart, who provides an original spin to the cliched character of a cocky, arrogant, younger partner.
"The Pledge" also featured a finale that kept me guessing, though I should have known that what was bound to happen would be completely inevitable.
Why I watched this movie? Mr. Jack Nicholson...this was one of the few Nicholson movies that I had not seen before.
What is this one about? A retiring police chief (Jack) pledges to catch the killer of a young child
My thoughts on this one? This has solid performances scattered throughout the movie. Nicholson appears in almost every scene in the movie and gives a memorable performance. The director, Sean Penn, gives Nicholson some major talent to act with in this movie. Benicio Del Toro, Robin Wright, Helen Mirren, Aaron Eckhart, Sam Shepard, Patricia Clarkson and Vanessa Redgrave all show up in this movie....the power of working with Jack? I do have some issues with the movie.....the pace is slow,…
Dark and mysterious, interesting and entertaining, Jack Nicholson with a great supporting cast, an amazing ending, I can't ask for more.
It had been years since I last saw this one, and it still stands as my favorite Sean Penn-directed film and one of the more overlooked films of the entire decade of the 2000's.
Nicholson gives his strongest late career performance here as Jerry, a homicide detective whose retirement comes simultaneous with the emergence of a haunting child murderer case, and it cannot leave his conscience. No matter how much he tries to ignore the lingering images and effect that this particular case has on him, with attempted trips out of town and out of country to catch up on his beloved hobby of fishing, he cannot escape it.
Stunning direction from Penn is complemented by a variety of terrific actors in the ensemble cast to make this a taut thriller. Everything culminates in one of the more daring and unexpected endings from a film of this kind that I have ever seen.
A nearly perfect film.
Sean Penn and Jack Nicholson re-teamed after The Crossing Guard for this thriller about a retired cop who just can't let go. The plotline of a cop who becomes so intrinsically entwined and obsessed with solving a case that he can't differentiate fact from fiction is a well worn thriller trope, but I don't recall too many instances of it being done this well. Penn directs stylishly, his composition and eye for a shot is quite masterful, and it creates an almost elegiac, dreamlike tone at times. Nicholson of course is terrific and the cast keeps bringing up little surprises in small roles. Aaron Eckhart! Helen Mirren! Mickey Rourke! A really good film, that in lesser hands could have been generic or forgettable.
Have you ever left something undone in your life that haunts you to this day?
That is the core theme of Sean Penn's harrowing detective story, The Pledge. It's hard for me to review without spoiling, so I'm going to keep this one brief. It's worth it for Jack Nicholson's greatest performance of his career under the careful guidance of Penn (this film being his masterwork) who uses small details and subtle strokes of darkness to deliver a tragic, soul crushing piece of film.
There are many elements at play in this borderline horror story of obsession as it's hero slowly, unflinching sails towards oblivion. An oblivion of his own creation.
Worth it, but forewarning, this is dark, dark stuff. Not violent, or scary, just downright depressing and haunting.
Loved every minute of it.
Too much of a slow burn even for me.
Too much a slow burn even for me.
Great, depressing, mysterious story about a detective trying to find a serial killer on the loose. Sean Penn's direction is mellow and stylish. The screenplay is wonderfully suspenseful. Features some awesome (and ultimately disturbing) dramatic irony. A wonderful performance by Nicholson, as always.
2.5 out of 4. (B-)
3 Things About It
Every little role is a familiar face.
For once Benicio is not doing a good job, you'd think he could make grunting like a gorilla work for him.
There's no chemistry at all between Jack Nicholson and 30 year younger Robin Wright.
Jack Nicholson was great
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Though sometimes a little heavy handed in its direction, ‘The Pledge’ is nonetheless a very compelling, intelligently and competently made mystery thriller that gradually builds to a tense and satisfyingly nuanced climax. It stars Jack Nicholson, in a complex and believable performance, as retired policeman convinced that the chief suspect in his final case was in fact innocent and that the true perpetrator, a child rapist and murder, is still at large. In addition to Nicholson, the film features a wide cast of a-list stars in quite small roles, including Aaron Eckhart, Helen Mirren, Patricia Clarkson, Benicio del Toro and many others, all of whom are superb. The stand out for me, however, was Mickey Rourke, who really steals the…
Complete list. :-(
Originally a list made prior to Cannes 2014, now updated every mid-April.
This is every Palme d'Or nominee since the…