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, 01 Jul 2008
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A suprisingly good psychological thriller starring Andy Garcia as Psychiatrist Dr Michael Hunter whose seemingly perfect suburban life is turned upside down one night by a heartbreaking family tragedy that has far reaching consequences for all concerned .
Skip three years forward and the family have split and are living different lives, Michael is living in a shabby apartment picking up freelance work at the local college, whilst his wife Penny (Chelsea Field) and daughter Shelley (Linda Cardellini) have tried to move on though with little success in Shelley's case.
Enter Barbara Lonigan (Teri Polo) a social worker at a young person's care home who is a former pupil of Dr Hunter's and who asks him if he will assess a young man who is soon to turn eighteen and will be longer be a resident of the home.Barbara has concerns about his mental state following a serious incident involving his parents. And although initially reluctant to even see the boy after reading his case notes he eventually concedes and we see Thomas Caffey ( Vincent Kartheiser) a seemingly well balanced young man enter Dr Hunter's World.
From here on in it's a rollercoaster of emotions, as the film takes so many twists and turns as it meticulously unravels Thomas's sad and seriously fractured past that has some dire and shocking consequences for all those who come into contact with him.
Well crafted performances all round with Garcia in particular giving one of his better showings. It's one of those films once you start watching you can't tear yourself away , well worth a peep you won't be disappointed
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