After the honorable failures of The Indian Runner and The Crossing Guard, Sean Penn makes a quantum leap forward with his third directorial effort, The Pledge, an intriguing murder mystery that's also effective as a psychological character study. Heading a splendid cast, Jack Nicholson, who also starred in Crossing Guard, gives a riveting performance that dominates every frame of this broodingly intense drama. However, deliberate pacing and a downbeat ...
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