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Finding Tenderness: Bringing the Novel to the Screen
Tenderness Adapted from the novel by Robert Cormier, this psychological crime drama tells the tense story of an obsessed police lieutenant who's on the hunt for a dangerous young killer. The first thing most people notice about handsome high school student Eric Komenko (Jon Foster) is his easy charm. But that charm doesn't run deep, because a closer look reveals a cold-blooded killer. When Eric's devoutly religious mother discovers that her son has been sleeping around, the teen responds to her maternal scolding by viciously slaughtering both she and his father. The man assigned to Eric's case, Lt. Cristofuoro (Russell Crowe), believes that the young psychopath will kill again if given the opportunity. Lt. Cristofuoro knows that Eric has had a rough life, but he's determined to catch him before his murderous impulses once again take over. As Eric hits the road to Syracuse in search of a girl he met in juvenile detention, he is surprised to find Lori Cranston hiding in his truck. A tragic victim of sexual abuse, Lori knows what Eric is capable of, yet remains steadfast in her devotion to him. The crueler Eric is to Lori, the more she desires him. Later, as Lt. Cristofuoro closes in on the pair, Lori embraces her fate as Eric's next victim, and gives herself to him without struggle. But Eric is more interested in the girl from juvenile detention than he is with Lori. Little does the young killer realize that he's walking straight into a carefully set trap. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
For Russell fans only OTHERWISE, DID NOT MAKE SENS
Posted by: CKCSWHFFAN from: home on
I bought this DVD/film ONLY because I am a fan of Russell's.
And, after watching it that would be the only reason to watch it.
He does his usual great job with a performance. BUT, we could have done without the moustache. Yuck.
Now, let’s get to the story.
It did NOT make sense as you watched it. What was going on? Plot holes the size of boulders in this.
So, the teenage murderer gets out of jail & he's crazy. Among his victims were his parents YET he goes to live with his aunt Laura Dern from Jurassic Park 1 & 3 after the release. Makes no sense.
Then, there is a crazy 15/16 year old girl who was already a stalker to him that lies to her mother & her current boyfriend saying she is spending the weekend at a friend's house to hook up with the released murderer.
Now, Russell's characters wife in in the hospital WE NEVER LEARN WHY SHE IS THERE. Would have like to have known that.
He starts following the murderer & the stalker. More than once he was right near them but did not see OR DID NOT HEAR A CAR START UP??????
Not giving the whole movie away here. When we get to Russell's character catching up with the murderer & stalker. The stalker tells him she had permission from her parents to be there. NOW, BEING A COP DON’T YOU THINK HE WOULD HAVE CALLED HER MOTHER TO LEARN NO SHE DID NOT? So, Russell's character & the other cops who find them let the murderer & the stalker go off together.
The stalker dies & the murderer ends up in jail again. Hey, did we forget a step here. HOW ABOUT AN AUTOPSY? I will not give away why she died but when you do then what I just said about the autopsy will make sense.
Russell's character did NOT have permission from his bosses to be following the murderer & this is spoken of later in the film, so why were all these other cops helping him WITHOUT talking to Russell's bosses first?
The DVD. Standard. Plain jane silver disc. NO chapter search list.
NOW I AM TALKING TO THE DVD MAKERS. The DVD comes in 1 of these cheap, cheap, cheap can cause damage plastic cases with the unnecessary holes in it. I DO NOT KNOW WHO’S IDEA IT WAS TO CREATE THESE THINGS, BUT THEY ARE IDIOTS. CHEAP, CHEAP. APPARENTLY SO THE DVD WILL GET DAMAGED & YOU HAVE TO BUY ANOTHER 1.
For Best Buy customers. I went into my local store DAY OF RELEASE 4-13-10 RIGHT AFTER THEY OPENED TO PICK UP A COPY. FORGET IT. THEY ONLY HAD 2 IN THE STORE & ON RELEASE DAY IT WAS NOT ON SALE. SO, IT WAS LEFT THERE & COMPANY HAD NO PURCHASE FROM ME.
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