THE SON OF NO ONE
Release Date: November 04, 2011
Starring: ** Haunted Hero **
Genre: Crime Drama
Runtime: 93 minutes
Distributor: Anchor Bay Films/Liberty Media
Director: Dito Montiel
Writer: Dito Montiel
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The movie stars Channing Tatum with Al Pacino, Ray Liotta, Katie Holmes, Tracy Morgan, and Juliette Binoche in supporting roles. The story jumps between the 1986 childhood and 2002 hiring of Jonathan “Milk” White as he faces his first days after being transferred to a new precinct in Queens. In Queens, he starts receiving letters threatening to expose secrets from his past. Meanwhile, his wife gets harassing phone calls and a local newspaper reporter keeps getting letters that a cop covered up the deaths of two people in 1986. Jonathan indeed killed them, but the full story is more complex than that. The first victim was a junkie threatening his life. The second was an accidental death.
Jonathan and his childhood best friend, a black kid named Vinny, hide the bodies. However, they get help from the cop partner of Jonathan’s late father, who was killed in the line of duty. His father’s death left Jonathan with a very hard life with his grandmother in a housing project. So, the older cop closes the two cases unsolved.
The movie’s main thrust centers on revealing what really happened in the tragic childhood incidents, how Jonathan deals with his guilt, and whether a person threatening him will ruin his life. Nearly everyone around Jonathan turns out to have a secret.
THE SON OF NO ONE is very well acted, but the shifts back and forth in time get boring and slow. Also, the plot is a little unbelievable in places. Furthermore, the original police cover-up gets out of hand and ends on a note that implicitly attacks the integrity of the New York Police Department. The movie also has nearly constant foul language. Finally, the overall story and its resolution are depressing. THE SON OF NO ONE clearly has a downbeat tone that leads to nowhere interesting or uplifting. The project should have been completely re-thought and re-tooled.
THE SON OF NO ONE is very well acted, but the shifts back and forth in time get boring. Also, the plot is a little unbelievable in places. The movie also has nearly constant foul language and some strong violence. Finally, the overall story and its resolution are depressing. THE SON OF NO ONE clearly has a downbeat tone that ultimately leads to nothing truly interesting or uplifting.