A Quick Movie Review: What Doesn’t Kill You

by on January 22, 2012

in Entertainment, movie reviews

This movie review is about the 2008 movie, What Doesn’t Kill You.  It stars Mark Ruffalo, Ethan Hawke, Amanda Peet, Will Lyman and Brian Goodman.  It’s written and directed by Brian Goodman.

What Doesn't Kill You movie poster

What Doesn’t Kill You is the story about two childhood friends from South Boston, who as kids, grew up in a life of crime.  As adults, they try to branch out from their bosses circles and try to work for themselves.  Things don’t go too well, but the movie isn’t about the state of their heists but the state of the personal lives of Brian (Ruffalo) and Paulie (Hawke).

We follow the two of them, with a bit more of a focus on Brian, his wife Stacy (Peet) and his kids.  It’s the impact that his lifestyle has on him and his family and how he tries to deal with it that the viewer is shown.

The tone of What Doesn’t Kill You is very a very sober and gritty delivery.  That tone is enhanced by how it’s filmed by cinematographer Chris Norr (Sympathy for Delicious, Away We Go).

Ethan Hawke and Mark Ruffalo in What Doesn't Kill You

Ethan Hawke plays a very convincing career criminal while Mark Ruffalo pulls the viewer heavily into the underpinnings of an addict who can’t seem to get out of his cycle, no matter how much he wants to change things.  That is, once he realizes he wants to or needs to change.

I found the characters down-to-earth, for what it’s worth, if you get sucked in enough, you’ll find yourself pulled in and starting to worry for our characters.  If you get a chance and see this movie coming up on TV, stick around and don’t change the channel.  You just might be surprised.



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