THE TRUTH IS HIDING WHERE NO ONE DARES TO LOOK.
A New Jersey woman (Julianne Moore) claims a black man stole her child, pitting cop Lorenzo Council (Samuel L. Jackson) in the middle of a race riot. There’s plenty of good intentions in this film, but as a thriller it never catches fire and as a drama about racism and the projects it feels oddly distanced, never offering anything that surprises or moves its audience. As always, Jackson is solid and Moore tries her best as the unstable and unreliable mother; the best performance however is given by Edie Falco as a grieving activist.
2006-U.S. 112 min. Color. Widescreen. Directed by Joe Roth. Screenplay, Novel: Richard Price. Cast: Samuel L. Jackson (Lorenzo Council), Julianne Moore (Brenda Martin), Edie Falco (Karen Collucci), Ron Eldard, William Forsythe, Aunjanue Ellis… Anthony Mackie.
Trivia: Michael Winterbottom was allegedly the first choice to direct the film.