Monster's Ball details
|Starring:||Peter Boyle, Sean Combs, Halle Berry, Billy Bob Thornton, Heath Ledger|
|Run time:||1 hour 48 minutes|
|Rental release:||11 Nov 2002|
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Well worth watchingBy Ken from Haywards Heath , 21 Feb 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]This film is about three generations of the same family who work for the corectional services in the state penitentiary. They are responsible for death row and they take real pride in ensuring that their executions are carried out professionaly and with as much care and consideration for the victim as possible.
The story follows one execution and simultaneously follows the lives of those involved, the victim, the officers and the victims family.
By chance the man responsible for supervising the execution meets the victims wife afterwards and begins a relationship with her without realising the connection.
The acting is first rate and whilst the subject matter is grim, the story is fascinating. Halle Berry is particuarly good as the wife of the convict.
Good picture and sound quality and interesting extras make this a good disc to rent.
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much betterBy Sylvi (16 reviews) from Basildon , 23 Apr 2010this was better than I expected but the end was dissapointing
good film fair cast well filmed acted to the best of their ability?
Monster's Ball - a deep filmBy lawrencehooper (3 reviews) from Ilford , 10 Dec 2009Just finished watching Monster's Ball. It's a great film in it's own right and made all the better by a stellar performance from Billy Bob Thornton and Halle Berry. However, if you suffer in any way from depression stay away ! There are some uplifting moments but not many. There is an underlying racial tension that runs throughout the film but in a (mostly) subtle way that it does not detract form the rest of the story.
The issues of death, grief, redemption, loyalty and love are all there. Also, the subject of bigotry and breaking down racial barriers. There are a lot of issues touched upon in this film. Its a real examination of the human condition.
There is also the added bonus that you get to see Halle Berry's bottom. More than once!
Thought provokingBy a customer from Huddersfield , 14 Aug 2009Taken me quite a while to get around to watching this film, but I'm glad that I did. I purposely avoided any pre awareness of the plot and appreciated the unpredictable journey all the more for that. Couldn't really classify the film as entertaining but definitely engrossing. Great performances, particulalrly from Thornton. If you want a film to leave some post viewing thoughts give this one a go. For me the thoughts were particularly around the unnecessary misery that racism can inflict on all elements of a community if left to fester. A quality production.
CrikeyBy Babsy (49 reviews) from Reading , 06 Jun 2009My reviews have become more brief with time, but let me get to the facts of this film.
Brilliant acted by all parties; and tragic storyline built on desperate times for each character and the most explosive, desperate love scene I think I've ever seen.
Monsters BallBy a customer from Chesham , 24 May 2009Heartwrenching and uplifting story with breathtaking performances by all concerned. This film achieves the impossible by showing how love can blossom in the most unlikely circumstances. No means an easy watch but an extremely satisfying one. Halle Berry's oscar winning performance was for me overshadowed by Billy Bob Thornton who took a repellant character and showed me why people who are brutalised become brutal and just what is needed for their redemption.