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movie reviewmovie reviewvideo review out of 4 Movie Review: Levity

Starring: Billy Bob Thornton, Morgan Freeman
Director: Ed Solomon
Rated: R
RunTime: 100 Minutes
Release Date: April 2003
Genre: Drama

*Also starring: Holly Hunter, Kirsten Dunst

Review by Steve Rhodes
2½ stars out of 4

"You know," itinerate preacher Miles Evans (Morgan Freeman) tells Manuel Jordan (Billy Bob Thornton), a man possessed by the memories of the kid he killed twenty-three years ago during a robbery. "You could get lucky. God could decide to grade you on the curve." A stoic man seeking the redemption that he never expects to obtain, Manual finds little solace in Miles's or anyone else's words. Now out on the parole that he didn't think he deserved, Manuel suffers the pains of his sins, morning, noon and night.

LEVITY, written and directed by Ed Solomon, certainly deserves extra points for style and consistency of tone. Always moving as slowly as molasses, the well-acted movie creates intriguing characters yet never comes up with enough material to sustain a full-length motion picture. Although it could have been a dynamite short, an hour and forty minutes of this is rather like going to church and having to sit through one extremely long, record-setting sermon on guilt and forgiveness. (Holly Hunter plays the sister of the murder victim, and Kirsten Dunst plays a young wastrel.)

Actually I might be able to forgive the movie's length, but I have no sympathy for its cheap shot of an ending.

LEVITY runs 1:40. It is rated R for "language" and would be acceptable for teenagers.

Copyright 2003 Steve Rhodes

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