Broken Roads

 (96)5.02 h 31 min201713+
Young Aldo Russo survives a serious traffic accident that kills his mother, then goes to live in rural Colorado with a grandmother he's never met.
Directors
Justin Chambers
Starring
Sally KirklandRoss MarquandRolonda Watts
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Drama
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English [CC]
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Supporting actors
Shoshana BushAiden BristowLisa Glass
Producers
Karina DiazWilliam Alexander IV
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Crevice Entertainment Company LLC
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3.3 out of 5 stars

96 global ratings

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Linda HendrexReviewed in the United States on July 13, 2019
2.0 out of 5 starsInside this Bloated, Overblown Flick is a Great Movie Screaming to Get Out
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The real shame here is that there is a kernel of a great story that was ruined by self-indulgent writing, bad acting, miscasting, and nightmarish editing.

First, if the writers and film editors had even a little bit of self-discipline, they'd have trimmed about an hour of flab from this movie. An hour and a half would have been plenty of time to say what they had to say and it would have been so much more effective if they hadn't bored the audience to tears. Two hours would have been slow moving but acceptable. Two and a half hours was downright excessive. Every scene was stretched out until it screamed for mercy! They seemed to be attempting to build tension, but instead, they just made it tedious. It is REALLY bad when you find yourself fast-forwarding through the sex-scene - NOT BECAUSE YOU ARE EMBARASSED - but because you are dead bored!!! What made all this slow-moving, lethargic storytelling even worse was that the ending was actually rushed! Just at the moment when you need the story to slow down and deliver some resolution, you get whooshed into the exit at the speed of light and you are left wondering what happened!

The casting was really wrong. The lead (Aldo) is played by a man who is at least 7 years older than the character he plays. This story is about a boy (an older teenager) who loses his mother at a very vulnerable time in his life. This character really, REALLY needed a teenager to play the part because it needed to catch that fleeting moment when the child turns into a man. Unfortunately, they didn't get an older boy for this role but cast a young man, and in doing so, they lost that childlike vulnerability that would have made Aldo sympathetic instead of menacing - and made that "coming of age" angle believable. I'm sorry, but most 25-year-old men simply cannot capture that fragile moment in the life of a child turning into an adult.

The female lead was also too old to play the part of Madalane, she was way, way too womanly/worldly and there was never the sense of a tender "first love" between them. At 24 years old, she was playing a 17-year-old girl. This was one of the most disturbing performances I've seen in a long time. She played this girl as a creepy, sultry, stalker! Always ogling Aldo, always creeping around in the background, always peering from behind a door. Sort of like a cougar stalking prey. I kept thinking this was a 45-year-old woman going after a younger man! She didn't appear to have any parents - no one to answer to and no one to look after her. Not that this vixen needed anyone to look after her - she clearly could take care of herself. But where was her mother??? Even on their high-school graduation, there was no sign of Madalyne's family. It was almost as is she hatched from a reptile egg, fully grown, and ready to commence a career of seduction. I had the vague impression that I was supposed to like her, but in reality, I wanted Aldo to RUN AWAY!!! I couldn't believe he actually responded to her - the ONLY people who are attracted to this kind of obsessive stalking are fictional characters and people who are mentally ill. I believe Aldo might have been both! LOL!

The acting was what I'd call hammy overemoting. The guy who played Aldo had no sense of subtlety but played the part as if he thought the audience had to hear him scream on a regular basis in order to understand that this boy was suffering. There were forced and trumped-up "situations" that gave all of the actors plenty of chances to scream, cry, and otherwise demonstrate that they could "act". I didn't feel any of the emotions that should have been stirred up by this tragic tale because the actors were so busy cramming the drama down my throat that I felt like gagging.

There were plenty of the standard "artsy-fartsy" shots of people pacing, tearing their hair, long and slanted shadows, close-ups of cracks in the furniture. Long, tense scenes of no dialog and contorted facial expressions. One other reviewer mentioned that Aldo looked at a pill bottle for TEN MINUTES! That pretty much says it all! I laughed and laughed when I read that review!

And the obsession with Aldo being NAKED! Scene after scene of Aldo naked. Not sexual naked, but overdramatized, "artsy-fartsy" naked. Naked in the bathroom while he cried. Naked in the bedroom while he sulked. Naked in the shower while he fainted. A single, epic scene of Aldo grieving while naked would have been powerful. Too many scenes of this type simply watered down the message of his torment until I found myself chuckling instead of weeping.

The ONLY reason this movie gets two stars from me instead of the dreaded one star is that the presence of a genuinely good story buried within can be felt during the whole show. It really could have been great, but it was simply mishandled from beginning to end. It was a waste. Too, too bad.
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MareReviewed in the United States on July 20, 2019
1.0 out of 5 starsI don't mind long stories. I don't mind slow stories. But
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The lead actor gave no rise and fall to his performance. This could be him or the director. All I know is most of the other actor's performances were excellent and made his character unredeemable to me. I'd have told that girl to run from such a guy. Angry and passionate are two different things.

I'm afraid the young man needs more acting lessons.

Whoever started off with a grandmother who is strong out of the gate and weakens her the next scene is an idiot.

It is a jumbled story. Terribly jumbled.

Too much then too little. One dimensional characters.

The one thing I learned from this movie is some people go through horrible loss. That's it.

Screenwriters, you failed or failed to give the movie to someone who'd use it properly.

I'm really concerned that many on this project had egos with no talent.
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susanbReviewed in the United States on October 10, 2017
3.0 out of 5 starsHard to rate these movies that are long and slow...
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Hard to rate these movies that are so slow to develop and looong. It probably would have been a better movie if it had been shorter. I did like the message.. for me it was simply, we aren't done living till we're done; for others it might be something different. I do question those that complained about the age of the actor (he was 25 when the movie was made, not 18, but heck, close enough.) When he isnt screaming you can hear he has a young voice. And the rater that complained about his eyebrows... really? lol. Haven't you ever seen Meditteranean-type men. They are dark and bushy and handsome. :) Anyway, I gave it 3 stars because it had some redeeming qualities to it, that started to fill out about an hour into it, but it was a loooong slow movie. Good enough acting that I went to see what other movies some of the actors had made.
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Kindle CustomerReviewed in the United States on March 14, 2020
5.0 out of 5 starsGreat movie, great acting!
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I don't understand the bad reviews. I do love the movie, and I think the acting was great. Whoever has ever been through grief at young age would be able to understand the healing process the actor portraits, which is a different regret for the grandmother after such loss. The movie also pictures the loneliness and raw feelings when you loss someone who has been very close to you. People also refered that the movie was too long. Honestly, I enjoyed every minute. I watch this movie again from time to time, and I cry every time. There is a message of understanding, love and hope for everyone to relate.
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SylReviewed in the United States on November 8, 2017
3.0 out of 5 starsBroken Relationships
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I thought this movie was going to be more about romance. I found this movie in the romance genre in the Amazon Prime Video section. More of sad movie than anything. The main character experiences many negatives in his personal life. Then Madeline was introduced. Madeline was very kind, patient, and generous. Madeline was the only real loving character in the movie. Throughout the movie I was really just waiting to see which scenes she appears in. Otherwise, the movie was rather unbearable. I guess she was the only one character I could really relate to.
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Neoma G. ZimitravichReviewed in the United States on January 21, 2021
2.0 out of 5 starsThe acting is stilted and made me groan instead of bringing real emotion.
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There is something about bad acting that can make a show that was intended to be serious and emotionally deep into a comical joke that makes you giggle instead of cry. I know this show was supposed to bring out the emotions, but for me I found it to be just so terribly acted that I just wanted it to be over. Not sure I was all that fond of the writing either, or for that matter even the plot. They slowed it down for dramatic pause, but in order for that to work you have to have actors with timing and depth, and it just wasn't there. The only part that I really felt was when he was raging about anger and hurt. All in all could have been a lot better. I might watch the rest, but only got half way through before I decided this is just a waste of time.
Emile NelliganReviewed in the United States on July 17, 2019
5.0 out of 5 starsThis film is beautiful!
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Awesome film with superb acting. Like a French film, the story develops through the characters, all of them engaging in their respective roles. You feel that the characters are real and that you are interacting with them, feeling their grief, pain and joys.

Everything about this film is beautiful, not just the screenplay but also the photography, the music, and especially the never rushed pace of the direction, European style.

This films deals with how each and everyone of us confronts tragedy and heartache, overcoming with an ability to move forward.

Awesome, moving film that is not to be missed. Keep a box of Kleenex close at hand. It is a tearjerker.
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Starring_UReviewed in the United States on December 16, 2020
1.0 out of 5 starsCharachters/ Actors all wrong
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If only they had thought this out......horrible charachters( a 35 yr old trying to act like a teenager TOTALLY ruined the movie!)😩
Too much nakedness. Entirely too much, too many drawn out pointless scenes. The characters were all wrong except the grandmother....
Sad that a good message in a story was totally ruined
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