Rent The Pledge (2001)

3.5 of 5 from 147 ratings
1h 59min
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A dark and harrowing drama involving murder, suspense and plenty of seat-gripping experiences for the viewer! Jerry Black (Jack Nicholson), a homicide detective, undertakers one last case on the day of his retirement. An eight-year-old girl has been found murdered in the snow-covered mountains of Mexico and her mother begs Black to unravel the mystery of her daughter's death. With the help of local waitress Lori (Robin Wright Penn) and her young daughter Chrissy (Pauline Roberts), Black embarks on an unpredictable and riveting hunt for the killer where things are not always as they seem. Sean Penn's unique portrayal of this murder mystery makes for sensational viewing.
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Friedrich Dürrenmatt, Jerzy Kromolowski
Drama, Thrillers
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119 minutes
English Dolby Digital 5.1, French Dolby Digital 5.1, German Dolby Digital 5.1
Danish, Dutch, English, English Hard of Hearing, Finnish, French, German, German Hard of Hearing, Icelandic, Norwegian, Swedish
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Region 2
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Widescreen 2.35:1
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Enjoyable portrayal - The Pledge review by CP Customer

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An intriguing murder mystery that's also effective as a character study.

Penn shows maturity patience and acting knowledge in letting the actors discover those moments, rhythms, and their quirks that make characters believable.

With the purposefully shaky hand of Jack Nicholson giving its power - some developments have a natural predictability, the movie ends up taking us on a journey that is unexpected and shattering.

2 out of 3 members found this review helpful.

Forget Witches of Eastwick - The Pledge review by Popeyethetim

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When you see this you realise that Nicholson CAN act. Brilliant fil. Harrowing and at the same time quite compelling.

1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

Partly rescued by a great cast - The Pledge review by TE

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Sean Penn certainly assembled a very fine cast for this, his second film as director. Apart from Jack Nicholson as lead, there are cameos for Vanessa Redgrave, Helen Mirren, Sam Shepard, Benicio Del Toro, Paricia Clarkson and Harry Dean Stanton, as well as a good role for Robin Wright Penn.

Nicholson gives one of his better late-career performances, but the whole enterprise is let down by a dull script and a far-fetched narrative. Would Lori really be attracted to the crumpled, nondescript retired cop? Would that same retired cop really try to use Lori's 8 year old daughter as "live bait" to catch a predatory paedophile?

The interest is sustained by the gritty reality of the smalltown setting, and Penn is good at giving us the incidental details.

The opening sequence tells the viewer the film's ending, which is a shame as it reduces any tension in the final section.

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