Wow!, best film this year so far. (by seeksSilence)
It's not often you come across a film that just blows you away, this film does it all on every level.An Oscar winning performance by far for Mark Ruffalo, not a name I instantly new but a face I recognized from somewhere.His decent into a drug riddled alcoholic existence is a heartfelt performance that shines the brightest in this movie. The visual torment he goes through trying to improve his families financial crisis mostly brought about by his own criminal activities, drug and alcohol abuse is without doubt a blistering performance and a testament to his skills as an actor.Ethan Hawke, <more>
yet another solid supporting role that is only diminished by the screen presence of Ruffalo, but some how still manages to make an impact has a sex-addicted low-life that brings so much to the story and his relationship with Ruffalo's character.As for Brian Goodman, well again a face I definitely knew from his bad-ass performance as Ryan Price in the TV-Show 'Lost', takes a small but pivotal role in his own penned story.But it's the role of Director that he truly shows us a master-craft performance, there's no rush here, a perfect balance of character building and story telling. Allowing the characters to come alive and carry the story forward in their own time. Mr Goodman it seems is a man of many talents - Writer, Actor and Director - all I can say is, in this film all of them worked in perfect harmony.Watch it now, you won't regret it..
Excellent film that is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat!! (by BronzeKeilani26)
Expecting this film to be another predictable action movie, I was in for a HUGE surprise. Wow!!! Everything, the acting, writing, editing, and the music score, all made a brilliant contribution to this masterpiece which observes the childhood and lives of two relentless criminals. Mark and Ethan's stunning performance elevates the film from a standard gritty fare into an emotional, brutal, bitter realism that will hit home for so many! I would've never imagined Mark and Ethan's individual acting styles to be so forceful when combined. The two are a perfect match for this movie. <more>
Ruffalo did his homework and steals the show by giving a flawless, Oscar deserving performance as Brian Reilly, a man who feels trapped in crime to financially support his family while discreetly maintaining a growing drug addiction. Ethan Hawke was at the top of his game as Brian's non-stop, butt-kicking, pulsating, break yourself or die crime-partner, Paulie McDougan. As criminally insane as his character was at times, he was exhilarating to watch! Never a dull moment! Amanda Peet vibes well with Ruffalo. She plays the unpredictable, naive wife of a stone-cold criminal Ruffalo who enjoys the security of living in a big house and enrolls her son in private school. In that style of life though, nothing is guaranteed and both become overwhelmed which puts a strain on their marriage. At times he can put a wad of cash in her hand and get by with being gone half the day/night, other times he can't. She starts despising the time and energy he has to invest for the money but can't contribute enough to help keep the bills paid. This puts him between a rock and a hard place when all hell breaks loose! This is just a brief description of the film without giving away the juicy sub-plots, lol. I won't give the ending away either but I'm giving it a 10 because it doesn't get any realistic than this. I know because I've been there. I loved every thrill and emotional moment of this film and I am sure you will too
hopefully we will see more of Bryan (by masrahbassams)
I have been expecting this movie to come with Bryan Goodman playing the bad guy the way he does it so well. Other guys does the bad guy act with so much tension and rage as the support, but to Bryan it comes naturally and he doesn't do much to give you the fear. He just does the act and let you fill in the rest as a viewer. Ever sense i noticed his acting from the movie The Last Castle, i new that this man will go much further. I think this movie will touch everybody no matter who you are. It is not only telling a story about those two guys, but a story about a struggle in general, no <more>
matter who you are. I love this movie because it is so much down to earth and with no bling-bling-Hollywood type of movie. This movie is about the regular people and that is why this movie went right through me. I couldn't help but notice the soundtrack that came and went giving an extra feeling to the emotions that actors gave.
This powerful true story is brought to life with great directing and the amazing acting of both Mark Ruffalo and Ethan Hawke. Everything in this film screams "real". Realism is the key as the film captures the story of two men trying to live their life with the 'cards they've been dealt'.Brian's life is not uncommon. There are countless men and women that have grown up not knowing any way of getting by in life without living a life of hustling and grinding.This film captured me from the get go. Showing realism in its characters and making you understand their <more>
actions even if you can't condone them. The fact that it's all a true story simply enhances the impact of the story.
Welcome to one of the most "real" films Hollywood managed to spit out in these recent years. And by "real" I don't mean only the fact it was true to it's original story.The shots of a snowy Boston, the overall tense atmosphere, the fast pacing at some points and Hawke's and Ruffalo's depiction of petty criminals/street thugs, all contributed to making this one seem believable and to seem to relate to any of us. *What doesn't kill you* succeeds in transmitting more than one message and to tell more than one story. It manages to include the notions of <more>
family, friendship, addiction, fear, and all of it while keeping us on the edge of our seats.**Here be Spoilers** The film doesn't really shock but imo it does leave a bad aftertaste, Ruffalo's portrayal of an addict is saddening for the viewer and so is watching him talk to his sons. However that is intended as Ruffalo managed to make Goodman look like a vulnerable man, that experiences frustration and remorse in the later stages of the film.Ethan Hawke has an easier job playing Paulie, Goodman's friend, nevertheless not easy overall, Paulie is seen with a smile on his face most of the times, whenever he isn't talking about some business and has less responsibilities than Goodman, being single. He seems to be the more lively one of the two, hesitation not being in his vocabulary.Amanda Peet plays Goodman's wife and although she sure tries, for me it wasn't a brilliant performance, there's just something about her that doesn't spell *housewife*, even in the shadow of Hawke and Ruffalo she manages a decent performance.The first title choice, aka *Real Men Cry* would of been a more inspired one as it fits the film way better, they don't only cry but they end up paying the bills too. *What doesn't kill you* has a down to earth ending without a *hurray* for the villains and although there might of been some other moral to this one I think it proves that life can be harsh on whatever side of the law you situate yourself.
First time ever to see Ethan, he was outstanding. Have liked Ruffalo's acting since Zodiac, have seen very few actors with the on-screen believability portrayed here, he was spot-on as a tough kid, temperamental, mean on the outside, soft underneath when it came to friends and their family. As a crime kid, he knows no other way, and of course feels screwed when life comes up short. the only think that holds Brian together is his kids once he realizes how bad he has let them and their Mother down. Storyline is very good, acting superb down to the bit actors, and the Boston landscape and <more>
people are what I would picture them to be in these neighborhoods. Would love to see where the filming was done some day. Reall an underrated film I caught a part of one night and got the DVD and have seen it at least ten times, each time gets better. Love Amanda Peet. she too was the first time ever seeing her in a movie. Such dedication to put up with a guy like Brian all those years. Definitely worth watching at least once. Maybe ten times?
...normally indicates that the film you are about to watch is almost unbelievable - this film is an exception to the rule.Like The Departed and Gone Baby Gone, What Doesn't Kill You is an engrossing, gritty, sharply written and well-acted drama set on the mean streets of South Boston, which, by the number of movies being set there, is fast becoming as notorious as the bronx.What Doesn't Kill You has to be the film that will catapult Mark Ruffalo into the big time, his performance is sublime, he plays a character that stirs a number of emotions from inside - easily the star of this <more>
gritty, intense tale of two dysfunctional friends.
This is a very underrated film. (by themightyredemption)
This is a very underrated film. I think its a shame it never has gotten publicity. I randomly picked it up on the fly for free a local library on DVD and was amazed that I never even have heard of it. There are no gimmicks or high wire stunts this was true to life. We need more of these films to rejuvenate what the cinema has become lately. I was thoroughly impressed on all levels with this film. This could of done very well in the box office if it had marketing at the time. Sadly CGI and fake acting has trumped modern cinema lately. This gritty true to life story beats them all hands down. I <more>
give it an 8/10, simply based upon the rehashing of older story-lines together. It still holds its own charm. Rent this movie and you will be surprised how well it was done.
The guys who made this movie sure have a lot of heart, the title says it all.A beautiful movie that holds at its centre a story of personal transformation. While Paulie Hawke tries to play the best hand with the cards he is given, Brian Ruffalo plays along, craps out and eventually learns a different game. An inspiring story of what can happen when someone loves something past themself and gets a little help along the way.The soundtrack is special. A repetitive, echoed and slightly haunting motif reflects the unspectacular, cold & sparse urban scenery. The music brings a sense of <more>
gravity & continuity to the movie, binding the characters & landscape together into 'the cards they have been dealt' as well as pacing the plot development.The stylistic shooting acts as a vehicle for the story and quickly dissolves into the background as Ethan & Ruffalo capture centre stage from the first scene.Highly recommended. Leave expectations at the door. This is not 'The Departed'. This is a movie with an emotional sensitivity that no amount of violence or 'leave you guessing' plot line could ever deliver.Well done Brian, Paul & Donnie. Great job!