Friday, February 19, 2021

The Violent Heart Review: A Slow Burning Story With Surprising Revelations

Jovan Adepo	...	Daniel Grace Van Patten	Grace Van Patten	...	Cassie Lukas Haas	Lukas Haas	...	Joseph Kimberly Williams-Paisley	Kimberly Williams-Paisley	...	Helen Jahi Di'Allo Winston	Jahi Di'Allo Winston	...	Aaron Jordan Preston Carter	Jordan Preston Carter	...	Young Daniel Cress Williams	Cress Williams	...	Lee Rayven Symone Ferrell	Rayven Symone Ferrell	...	Wendy Markus Silbiger	Markus Silbiger	...	Bradley Jeff Pearson	Jeff Pearson	...	Nathan Nick Cimorelli	Nick Cimorelli	...	Kent Carrie Tillis	Carrie Tillis	...	Senator Massey Mykie Fisher	Mykie Fisher	...	Lt. Col. Kane Rebecca Lines	Rebecca Lines	...	Abigail Laurie Pallotta	Laurie Pallotta	...	Srta. Ginsburg

Release date: February 19, 2021
Running time: 107 minutes
Starring:  Jovan Adepo, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Grace Van Patten, Mary J. Blige, Lukas Haas, Cress Williams, Jahi Di'Allo Winston
Written and Directed By: Kerem Sanga

Fifteen years after the murder of his older sister, Daniel finds himself falling for Cassie, a vivacious high school senior.

Directed by  Kerem Sanga	Writing Credits (in alphabetical order)   Kerem Sanga	...	(written by)   Produced by  Max A. Butler	...	executive producer Dan Cohen	...	producer P. Jennifer Dana	...	producer David Hunter	...	executive producer Ross Jacobson	...	executive producer Shawn Levy	...	producer Tobey Maguire	...	producer Edward L. McDonnell	...	producer Padraic Murphy	...	co-producer Tony Pachella	...	co-producer Matthew Plouffe	...	producer Ross Putman	...	executive producer Richard Weinberg	...	executive producer
The Violent Heart has a really dramatic setup with a good combination of beautiful cinematography and music to let you know that this film is something special.  The music especially at the start is wonderful and helps to get you invested in the opening sequences.  It has a dramatic, dreamlike quality to it that goes perfectly with the softer, often idyllic camera work.  And then the film sets up the major event and that takes you down a whole different path.

The drama in The Violent Heart is brought to life by the complicated cast of characters.  Jovan Adepo is a revelation as a conflicted young man trying to make it but haunted by his past.  He has to be both reserved and vulnerable, careful because of people's perceptions of him based on his past actions and traumas.  Grace van Patten is an outspoken high schooler that has a lot of charm.  She can get a littler overbearing at times, but it is all in service of the story.  And the two of them have a wonderful chemistry that really shines through in this film.  The movie is about their cautious, star-crossed love and the pair are magnetic on screen.  Their relationship starts off innocently enough but they lean on each other as their bond--and the drama happening around them--grows stronger.  It is a sight to see that even when there is no dialog, you can feel the chemistry on screen.  And I also can't forget to mention the wonderful performances by Jahi Di'Allo Winston (who we saw in Charm City Kings) and Mary J. Blige, both of whom showcase their serious acting talents and add drama to this already dramatic story.

Nick Cimorelli	Nick Cimorelli	...	Kent Carrie Tillis	Carrie Tillis	...	Senator Massey Mykie Fisher	Mykie Fisher	...	Lt. Col. Kane Rebecca Lines	Rebecca Lines	...	Abigail Laurie Pallotta	Laurie Pallotta	...	Srta. Ginsburg Gary Willis	Gary Willis	...	Jeff Cory Scott Allen	Cory Scott Allen	...	Ross Kenneth Garner	Kenneth Garner	...	Rick Dean Shortland	Dean Shortland	...	Bartender William Ryan Watson	William Ryan Watson	...	Assistant to the Battalion Commander Josefina M Boneo	Josefina M Boneo	...	Young Woman (as Josefina Boneo) Ashley Shelton	Ashley Shelton	...	Nurse Rachel Pelletier Justin Goldsmith	Justin Goldsmith	...	Police Officer Allison Shrum	Allison Shrum	...	English Student Nevaeh Burns	Nevaeh Burns	...	Spanish Student Paulina Moon	Paulina Moon	...	Young Cassie Clayton Jones	Clayton Jones	...	Rider
And the story of The Violent Heart is mixed bag.  It has some really surprising revelations that occur in the movie, some that put the whole movie in context and some that appear to come out of left field.  But in service of this, the film does not do a great job of explaining some aspects of the story and family at the start.  I felt like I didn't really know what was going on until the very end, which allowed me to enjoy these great revelations, but also left me confused at the start.  It also does not do a great job of setting up the main conflict, as a character's attitude towards another changes fairly abruptly, in service of the story but still it didn't feel earned.  Perhaps there is a longer cut of this film where more of that is revealed, but as it stands, some thing just seem to happen without much setup.  But they do help to set up some truly shocking revelations that tied the whole story together.  

And through these characters and stories, The Violent Heart seeks to explore a variety of important and very human themes.  It tackles loss, love, family, and dreams very well.  I really loved Daniel's conflicted character, and the egg shells he has to walk on and the realistic view he takes of his life due to his past actions.  And I also loved the overall theme of the story, about the circle of violence and how somethings can affect you that are outside of your control.  And finally, this film is just a well made movie, an indie that was made with passion and love that comes through on the screen.

The Violent Heart will capture your heart with its interesting characters, surprising revelations, and slow burning story.

Watch it.

Drama Love Romeo and Juliet Fate Actions Violence Violent
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