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Levity

  • 2002
  • Ed Solomon
  • 96 mins
  • 15

Summary

Sombre drama starring Billy Bob Thornton and Morgan Freeman. After 22 years of incarceration, convicted killer Manuel Jordan is released from prison. Haunted by his crime, Manuel takes on a job with a mysterious pastor and tries to make amends for the past in his spare time by befriending his victim's sister.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

This sombre, low-key drama is not what you'd expect as the directorial debut from the screenwriter of Men in Black and the Bill & Ted ... movies. Contrary to its title, Ed Solomon's reflective film is never frivolous, treating its themes of redemption and forgiveness with almost pompous respect. In a performance as slow and plodding as the tale itself, Billy Bob Thornton plays convicted killer Manuel Jordan who's released from prison after 22 years inside. Haunted by his crime, he tries to make amends by befriending his victim's sister (Holly Hunter). With gentle stillness and muted visuals, the film skilfully conveys the quiet emotion at the heart of Manuel's spiritual quest. Although events occasionally feel contrived, not least the urban gangsta subplot, the largely understated acting and moments of wry dialogue are appealing. It may be too solemn and ponderous for many, but it's a commendable first feature nonetheless.

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Credits

Cast

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Manuel JordanBilly Bob Thornton
Miles EvansMorgan Freeman
Adele EasleyHolly Hunter
Sofia MellingerKirsten Dunst
Mackie WhittakerDorian Harewood
Abner EasleyGeoffrey Wigdor
Young Abner EasleyLuke Robertson
DonBilloah Greene
Senor AguilarManuel Aranguiz
Claire MellingerCatherine Colvey

Crew

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DirectorEd Solomon

Details

Theatrical distributor
Redbus
Released on
2004-11-19
Languages
English
Guidance
May be edited for language.
Available on
DVD
Formats
Colour
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