Although the 2nd part of the movie might be a bit heavy on the dramatic note, the 1st part alone presents some serious filmmaking thrills through a simple yet highly efficient approach. The movie evolves nearly as a slow-burn Martin Scorsese film blended with Eastwood's latest efforts like Mystic River or J.Edgar.
uneven: good nostalgia-fuck soundtrack, kind of disappointing "New York tuff guy" movie, even if it has ever hot '90s actor under the sun. I will say, though: this made me want to be a good Catholic school girl from the Bronx in the 1970s!
Drama that tackles subject matter that is hard to digest as the story has it's heart on the right place with Kevin Bacon doing another sleazy sick bastard role. Sadly it ends up as a court room film that bore the hell out of me, but the first half of the film is effective.
A very dark and often overlooked gem from the mid 90's. Story, although nothing special, is put together well and a good cast makes the themes of the movie (trauma, evil, revenge etc.) come though as believable.
This seemed really overly ambitious with its cast, and especially it's message. The movie opens up with the line "Friendship runs deeper than blood", so it puts a lot on it's plate for a line that doesn't even make sense.
I really like this movie, I have seen it many times as I've grown up and it has stuck with me. It is a tale of friends, a community, and what sometimes needs to be done. The first half is a dark grisly tale of a children's penitentiary, and the second half follows the boys as men trying to deal with the horrors of their past.I love DeNiro, a man of the cloth putting his oath on the line to protect his flock.