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DVD review: Repentance: A hip, edgy tale of redemption and atonement

Repentance

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Repentance is an engrossing, performance driven chronicle of revenge, redemption, and atonement. It’s an absorbing psychological thriller that filters in a number of themes to provoke one to really consider choice, consequence, and Karma. It made its motion picture debut in (add date). The film features the talents of Anthony Mackie (Captain America: The Winter Soldier), Forrest Whitaker (Out of the Furnace), Sanann Lathan (The Best Man Holiday), Mike Epps (Jumping The Broom), and Nicole Ari Parker (35 and Ticking).
Synopsis: A successful author and spiritual advisor takes on a troubled man as a client, completely unaware that the man’s fixation on his mother death will soon put his life in jeopardy (IMDB.com)
Repentance isn’t your average “black movie.” It’s a modern Misery type of thriller that adds a good perspective on consequence and choice. The film has a very slow buildup as the first 45 minutes seems tedious as it attempts to lay the foundation for the backstory. However, the second half of the film makes up for the slow start of it. It’s suspenseful film that immerses its viewers with a slow build up. It’s a good story that is really brought to life by its cast. It draws you in then firmly grabs hold of you. Repentance creates good tension as you are mesmerized by Forrest Whitaker’s performance. The theme of Repentance is one of the more powerful that you will see. The film is about truth, the confrontation of inner demons, and purging of one’s spirit to find inner peace.
The cast of Repentance is one of the best aspects of the movie. Repentance is that it isn’t your typical Afro-American movie. It breaks the mold of the stereotypical subject matter that often comprises films that features Afro-American cast. The film is bookended by a quartet of stars who each give great depictions of their respective characters. Forrest Whitaker takes firm command of the film and leads the way with another Oscar worthy performance. It may be one of his top three of his great career. Whitaker’s portrayal of Angel Sanchez is nothing short of amazing. This role should have gotten at the very least an Oscar nomination. Whitaker’s depiction of Angel is what really drives the film and takes it from just another average story to a must see.
Repentance went relatively unnoticed when it hit the theaters. It’s made even less noise since its recent arrival on video. However, it’s one of the better suspense stories to debut in recent years. It’s clearly a must see as the film will surprise. It’s not instantly engrossing but as the story begins to unfold, you won’t want to miss a minute as it becomes one of the better films of the year. In addition, it features one of the best performances of the year by a former Oscar Winner. Forest Whitaker gives a performance for the ages that will make every minute of the movie worthwhile.