MASS
review by Bobby Blakey

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Some of the hardest films to watch sometimes are the simplest about real life. They are also often times the hardest to really get right because it relies on the cast performance more than anything else. The latest Mass looks to keep it simple with maximum impact starring Jason Isaacs, Martha Plimpton, Reed Birney and Ann Dowd with Fran Kranz’ making his writing and directing debut.

Mass follows two sets of parents who agree to talk privately in an attempt to move forward after an unspeakable tragedy tore their lives apart. I had no idea what this movie was about or who was in it going in and that kind of helped its impact. This isn’t an overly exciting film, but instead one that is all about the actor’s performance to make it work.

The entire film is set up and plays very much like a stage production with one set and a cast of four. There are a couple of others that come and go at the beginning and the end, but the meat of the movie is the two couples. I am kind of mixed on this one as it is filled with brilliant performances across the board and the story is impactful, but there is something that is off with it as a whole.