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Levity
15 Levity (2004)

updated 14 November 2004
reviewer's rating
2 out of 5
Reviewed by Jamie Russell
average user rating
3 Star


Director
Ed Solomon
Writer
Ed Solomon
Stars
Billy Bob Thornton
Morgan Freeman
Holly Hunter
Kirsten Dunst
Manuel Aranguiz
Length
100 minutes
Distributor
Redbus
Cinema
19 November 2004
Country
USA
Genre
Drama
Web Links
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Billy Bob Thornton's fresh out of jail in Levity as Manual Jordan, a murderer who returns to the scene of the crime after a 21 year sentence. Desperate to atone for his sins, Jordan's armed with a greying Cobain mullet, a thousand yard stare, and a kindly manner that's seized on by a God squad pastor (Morgan Freeman), who hires him as custodian at a ghetto community centre. A distinct lack of levity makes redemption a bore, as first time helmer Ed Solomon joins the dots on his own script.

Stumbling through the winter snow, harassed by flashbacks to his teenage crime, Jordan's a haunted soul in need of forgiveness. So gloomy he bores himself, Thornton plays him like a soft-spoken ghost of Christmas past with a faintly messianic edge - something wilfully exaggerated by cinematographer Roger Deakins, whose gorgeous but eventually cloying soft-focus lense work turns the ghetto's sunbeams and snow flakes into a vision of heavenly light.

"HOLLY HUNTER STEALS SCENES"

A film of supporting players in search of a lead actor with a pulse, events only really come to life when one of the clogged up plot's secondary characters comes out to play: Holly Hunter steals scenes as the sister of Jordan's teenage victim, while Morgan Freeman puts on a funny voice to play his toking ghetto pastor. Kirsten Dunst gets saddled with the unlikely role of a rich kid clubber who learns to hang with the homeboys and give something back to the community.

Writer turned director Ed Solomon wants us to believe that this is a profound tale about sin and redemption, but there's probably more depth in the furrows of Thornton's permanently wrinkled brow. Solomon's previous screenwriting credits include Men In Black and the Bill & Ted movies - so perhaps he's just trying to atone for his own past sins. Whatever the case, brevity would have been more forgivable for all concerned.

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