Four men got revenge which they have gone through a lot of hardships as a boy.
So, after finally getting to the end of it last night I can definitely say that this was not a good use of 2 1/2 hours of my life.
The story itself is really good but there's too many side plots that feel like just didn't belong here. Like the football scene, handball scene, the airport runway scene and that whole plot.
Then there's the "controversial" aspect of this film/book which is that this is supposed to be based off of a true story but there's no official court case to back it up with. I don't generally think a backstory like that should factor into my enjoyment of a movie, but they do mention it at the end of the movie, so it's not something I can avoid. I think they'd have been better off not including any of that in here and just focused on the story itself, cut some of the unnecessary side plots out, and focus a little more on the Brad Pitt character and everything he was risking. This guy basically threw his career away as opposed to the two thug friends who kept thugging and the Jason Patric character who was sorta boring. The one character that had the most to lose here was barely a focus.
Overall I'm glad I finally finished the movie but I won't be recommending it or going back to it on purpose.
Slow paced, meagre effort by all actors, particularly DeNiro. Dialogue was strained.
I don't know what there is to actually like.
Robert De Niro is particularly wonderful as a kind priest that tries to teach these boys morals and fundamental wisdom for living life. De Niro plays it very empathetic and subtle in his acting. De Niro's priest functions as their collective father figure and a source of guidance. It's one of Robert De Niro's most understated roles. He is so good.
Kevin Bacon is another notable role in Sleepers. He is the most vile and reprehensible villain in Sleepers. He eats up the scenery when he is one screen in Sleepers. His heinous actions are hidden away behind his calm and collected demeanor. Bacon delivers one of his finest performances in his career. It's like a crash course in cruelty. Bacon is brilliant!
Check out Sleepers if you dare.