PRISONER’S DAUGHTER – Review by Liz Braun

Catherine Hardwicke directs Brian Cox and Kate Beckinsale in Prisoner’s Daughter, a drama about family and second chances. The two leads alone should make you prick up your ears, but the movie, alas, is sunk by an overwrought screenplay. The story moves toward a burst of violence that upends everything that went before it, and that’s enough said about that. May we suggest that with a couple of exceptions — Mike Leigh, Todd Haynes, Ned Benson, maybe —men should not write domestic drama. Much has already been said about the lack of directing roles (and opportunity in general) for women in Hollywood. It seems a double shame that filmmaker Catherine Hardwicke and this excellent cast were all squandered on weak material.

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