AROUND THE BEND
Contrived Family Reunion
Release Date: October 08, 2004
Starring: Josh Lucas, Christopher
Walken, Michael Caine, and
Runtime: 80 minutes
Distributor: Warner Independent
Director: Jordan Roberts
Julie Kirkham and Elliott
Producer: Julie Kirkham and Elliott
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Mark Gill, Ron Smith, and Bob
Writer: Jordan Roberts
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Jason is a young father, newly separated from his wife, who takes care of his son and grandfather. The grandfather Henry, played by Michael Cain, is dying, and, in a bout of last minute scheming, arranges for Jason to reconvene with his long-absent father Turner. Jason and Turner, played by Christopher Walken, see each other for the first time since Jason was a child. They are forced to go on a road trip to fulfill Henry’s dying wish of having his ashes scattered across the desert.
Naturally, the father and son develop a grudging respect and eventually fondness for each other. By the end of their trip, Turner must reveal the secrets he has kept from Jason since infancy, including the reasons he abandoned his family so many years ago.
No significant drama is accrued from the reunion. The movie is too predictable and too contrived. This spectacular event – a father and son meeting for the first time in 30 years – is somehow made to not feel very special or remarkable. Jason forgives his father, which is the good and moral thing to do, but something feels superficial or lacking. A much better, more sincere movie about forgiving family members is last year’s PIECES OF APRIL.
AROUND THE BEND has a lot of foul language, making it inappropriate for younger audiences. Many adults can relate to Turner seeking forgiveness for his mistakes, but this movie will bore anyone in its path. Expect to see it on Lifetime TV one Saturday afternoon.
AROUND THE BEND’s bleak tone and ham-fisted dramatics stop it from being uplifting. Sadly, no significant drama is accrued from the reunion. The movie is too predictable and too contrived. Jason forgives his father, which is the good and moral thing to do, but something feels superficial. AROUND THE BEND has a lot of foul language. Many adults can relate to Turner seeking forgiveness for his mistakes, but this movie will bore anyone in its path.