Review: The dam never breaks in emotionally dry Jennifer Lawrence drama ‘Causeway’
The latest film from one and all’s favorite director, DavidA. Lee (The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo).
When it was announced that DavidA. Lee has teamed with Oscar-winning, Oscar-nominated actresses JenniferLawrence and Michelle Rodriguez on an action-packed, big-screen adaptation of Stephen King’s novel, The Descendants, I was pretty sure that this was going to be another great entry in the genre. While not nearly as good as last year’s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (with Natalie Portman as the lead), The Descendants is still a pretty good film, and has an interesting cast. I’m not going to say much about the plot other than to say that, for those who remember the first two installments of this series (which both starred the aforementioned Portman), you will be pleased with the way this one differs.
With great directorial contributions from both Lee and Mark Jackson, the movie starts in New York City, where a young reporter (JenniferLawrence) is shot in the head. Just like in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, her brother is the person who delivers the news that she has been killed. While investigating the disappearance, he is drawn into the underworld of the dark underbelly of New York City. While the brother is drawn into this dark world, with his sister dead and her business partner dead, he does find love with one of the women in this world, played by Michelle Rodriguez.
As with any great adaptation, The Descendants has a lot to work with. The film is based on the novel with a unique adaptation of the story, and not just the main plot, as there is a whole plot within the book that we do not ever see, or think we do. The story focuses on the evil, underbelly of the city, and how the powers that be use these darker forces to keep the citizens divided. This evil is a twisted and nasty force, and it uses evil characters to control those who are not as evil. As the movie opens, the brother and sister are on their way to Los Angeles for a vacation. The sister is dead, and the brother believes he will never be able