Blackway

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5.31 h 30 min2016NR
A grieving father (Anthony Hopkins) comes to the aid of a young woman (Julia Stiles) and hunts down her sadistic stalker (Ray Liotta).
Directors
Daniel Alfredson
Starring
Anthony HopkinsJulia StilesAlexander Ludwig
Genres
SuspenseDrama
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English
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Supporting actors
Ray LiottaHal Holbrook
Producers
Rick DugdaleEllen Goldsmith-VeinMary GuilfoyleAnthony HopkinsGregory JacobsSean LydiardDaniel Petrie Jr.Jim SteeleLindsay Williams
Studio
Electric Distribution, Inc.
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4.2 out of 5 stars

398 global ratings

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  2. 14% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 10% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 6% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 6% of reviews have 1 stars
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Jessie A GalanoReviewed in the United States on September 20, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Disc Came Perfect!
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Enjoyed watching this for the first time with my husband. Seller shipped in a timely manner! Will buy again and was a great price!
jk4Reviewed in the United States on June 15, 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
Blackway's journey to the dark side
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The film is based on a favorite Vermont novel, Go with Me, by Castle Freeman. Adapted for the screen by Gregory Jacobs and Joe Gangemi, the film was directed by Daniel Alfredson, best known for directing the last two films of Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy: The Girl who Played with Fire and the Girl who Kicked the Hornet's Nest. Julia Stiles, Anthony Hopkins, Ray Liotta and Alexander Ludwig seem well cast, but they are held back by the lumbering script. In the film, a young woman (Stiles), terrorized by a feared backwoods crime lord (Liotta). She seeks relief from the local police chief, but is instead directed to a group of old men who spend their days at the office of a saw mill. One of the men (Hopkins) and a young saw mill worker (Ludwig) agree to help her find Blackway and convince him to leave her alone. The muted cinematography captures the gothic feel of the book, but the soundtrack is overwrought and distracts . Freeman's spare novel had brought to mind Rollo Romig's notion that “‘Evil’ has become the word we apply to perpetrators who we’re both unable and unwilling to do anything to repair, and for whom all of our mechanisms of justice seem unequal: it describes the limits of what malevolence we’re able to bear. In the end, it’s a word that says more about the helplessness of the accuser than it does the transgressor.” The unity and struggle of good and evil in Freeman's novel doesn't seem to translate to the screen and the film becomes a more conventional but less compelling thriller.
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patrick dillonReviewed in the United States on April 5, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
Built it up too much,then it ran out of steam!
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Look,most of us like this all star cast,but for the life of me i cannot figure out why most of the time was spent in a truck saying nothing to each other,I would have prefered more dialog and less of the gun nonsense,but i guess they make these things for the younger set,they built ray liotta's character up too much in the beginning but then he wasn't given enough screen time considering the whole movie revolved around him in the first place,must have been on a budget,would have also liked more of hal holbrook another great actor,but he did maybe 5 minutes of dialog,why get this kind of talent togather here and not use it ,or maybe these stars only wanted to stay in that cold environment for as little a time as possible who knows ,but why advertise an all star cast and don't give them the screen time,money i suppose,julia stiles is always good no matter what she's in,she carried this picture from start to finish,my advise is check out some of the good european crime dramas,but you gotta like the closed captioned stuff.but to me they are much more satisfying.
EdoReviewed in the United States on November 27, 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
A Keeper
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Based on the wonderful novel 'Go With Me' by VT author Castle Freeman Jr., the movie holds up quite well, mostly on the strength of the performances of Anthony Hopkins (made for the role of Lester), Julia Stiles and Alexander Ludwig. Ray Liotta is also good as the bad ass, making the best use of the little screen time he has. I was also excited to see Hal Holbrook as Whizzer, but that role (and the Greek chorus of old timers that he is a part of) was significantly diminished from the source material. This would be my main complaint with the movie. In the book, the cast of old timers, sitting around the office of the sawmill jabbering away, allowed for a substantial backstory to slowly unfold, giving the reader a greater appreciation of both the characters AND small town life.

Another nit to pick was with the depiction of the sheriff at the beginning of the story. The movie suggests that his fear of Blackway was the main motivation in declining to help Lillian, whereas the book is clearer about the limitations of what can be done within the confines of the law (and thus the alternate approach he recommends).

I will be watching this one again !
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ken macdonaldReviewed in the United States on July 13, 2022
2.0 out of 5 stars
Lacking for a Liotta & Hopkins flick
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Hard to go wrong with actors like Ray Liotta and Anthony Hopkins but the writers and Directors managed to pull it off. A bit disappointing
warrenReviewed in the United States on July 26, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
a happy and grateful surprise
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this was good. a good old every minute watching movie. I gave it five stars because of the fine acting of the leading players and the character roles. it was dramatic, thrilling, well written and told. it had exactly what I want in a film. a beginning, middle and end of a well directed and shot really well. it might have been a four star, but I have seen so much garbage lately it deserved an extra star for gratefulness. it is a a film you can watch again. Hopkins is a visual classroom of acting.
Ryan J MillerReviewed in the United States on January 24, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
Don’t purchase from international sellers
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I liked the movie itself, but I don’t recommend purchasing it from a seller outside of your current region. If you don’t have a region free Blu-ray player, you won’t be able to play it. Unfortunately, I didn’t know that the seller was based in Germany, until I attempted to contact them with a question. It’s a good movie, but try to obtain it locally.
Kristina O'DonnellyReviewed in the United States on July 21, 2016
3.0 out of 5 stars
I love Ray Liotta and that is why I paid the ...
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I love Ray Liotta and that is why I paid the money and watched it. But even for a fan like me, it is too dark, too hopeless. The ending is predictable. That said, amazing stellar cast, moody, beautifully filmed landscapes, Anthony Hopkins, as always, lives up to his reputation, and Ray Liotta... well, he is an amazing disgusting horrible badass. And I am tired of seeing my favvy actor so typecast. He is so multifaceted! And I believe dspite the 80 or so films he has participated in, he has not yet played in a role which allows him to unfurl his actor's wings. But man, yes, he is good here. You want to kill him yourself.
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