Reservation Road

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6.61 h 42 min2007X-RayR
HD. Two fathers are tragically linked by a heartrending hit-and-run in this drama based on the novel.
Directors
Terry George
Starring
Joaquin PhoenixMark RuffaloJennifer Connelly
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DramaActionSuspense
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English [CC]
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English
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Supporting actors
Mira Sorvino
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Nick WechslerA. Kitman Ho
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UNIVERSAL PAY TELEVISION
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4.3 out of 5 stars

518 global ratings

  1. 64% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 18% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 10% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 2% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 6% of reviews have 1 stars
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Geoffrey F. ArnoldReviewed in the United States on July 4, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Psychological storytelling at its best
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I'm going to dissect a one star review by another person, showing how they do not understand what was going on here. But first, let me say this...

This is what great film making is all about. This story is not about the typical things people expect, but the emotional turmoil tragedy has upon people. And it was very well acted, very well scripted, and the whole thing just fires on all cylinders for a very satisfying story.

Okay, now to dissect that one star review... with some spoilers, so beware...

"I would have thought that in real life adults would be smarter than this."

No, real life adults are not smarter than this. The reality of hit and run is not so cut and dried. I had a friend hit a child. He didn't run, but the toll it took on him emotionally for months afterward were brutal. He was distraught and filled with so much guilt. "I hit a child." Think about that.

" #1, an attorney would know the law, and he would have known he had to stop."

Maybe an attorney knows the law, but the man would react irrationally, knowing his career is over if he had stopped - the rational thing to do, of course. But people are not always rational, are they? We react emotionally, even to our own surprise about things we want to believe we would do otherwise...but when faced with the reality, do we honestly know what we would do? You cannot second guess the emotional reaction to something like hitting a child.

" #2, the dad should have known better than to leave a little kid alone in the car late at night. I never left my kids alone in the car, day or night. If I went in, they went in with me."

Right, we ALWAYS do that.... no we do not. The kids were ten and eight (I think). We want to believe they would stay put, but helicopter parenting is not what most parents do. They tell them, "I'll be right back. Stay in the car." That is not unusual, and they aren't bad parents if they do this. There were two parents present. One usually stays with the kids in most situations. I find this reviewer's attitude unreflective of real life.

" #3, the dad should also know better than to take the law into his own hands. Two wrongs don't make one right. And it wasn't going to bring his kid back."

Once again, his boy is dead, never coming back. Of course he KNOWS taking the law into his own hands is wrong, but his emotional state is such that rational logic isn't going to necessarily win the day. He knew doing so wouldn't bring his boy back. That's not the point here. The father is suffering, tormented. You cannot honestly tell me you would deal with facing the person who killed your child without considering doing something outside the law. I cannot tell you I wouldn't consider it. I have a daughter. If anyone hurt her, I mean really hurt her, I cannot tell you I would be collected and think "The law must be maintained here. I must allow justice to run its course."

I'm reluctant to call this a "thriller", but it is definitely an engaging tale of loss, and how the people involved deal with it.

That some reviews can't accept the intermingling of the two families, well, it actually isn't that far fetched. When those bits were revealed, my wife and I just went, "Oh, wow!" in a good way. We liked the twist...and then becoming his lawyer? Beautiful. Unlikely? Sure, but so what? That didn't ruin anything for us.

Further, the foul language was pretty minimal, too, which is a good thing. The writers focused on creating good dialogue that avoided the cliches and stupidity too many script writers put in there because it's "edgy". No, it is not. It is just showing a lack of creativity and cleverness to understand good dialogue doesn't need those words to be effective, even shocking.

Great stuff all around!
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Crazy SvenReviewed in the United States on October 5, 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
Dangerous Curves & Tragic Consequences
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RESERVATION ROAD was a reality for me when it was filmed. I purhased the DVD as soon as it came out for one simple reason: For several weeks, my commute to and from work became several miles longer when they filmed the location scenes for the accident less than a mile from my house. As far as the film is concerned, I actually found it a little depressing. There was so much truth in how dangerous distracted driving is and they could not have picked a better location for those sequences.

The film was well done and had some mixed messages and unlikely scenarios, but that is what film is all about. My wife and I had lost a God-son to a tragic accident only a few years before this came out, so this hit a little close to home. Nevertheless, I can not fault the movie for that. This is not a feel-good film, so be aware of that.

The stretch of Route 58 in Easton, Connecticut where the curve, gas station and "The Old Bluebird Inn" are located has been the scene of numerous fatal accidents in the past. The Blue Bird Inn was founded in 1919 and I used to get hot dogs and ice cream there when I was a kid and it is an excellent breakfast spot to this day. There are two cemeteries across from each other right where the curve is and that is spooky in itself, but the numerous auto fatalities over the years at that curve make it even more creepy. That remains a very bad intersection.
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Michelle Reviewed in the United States on November 17, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
It could be any of us.
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Years ago there was this TV show that I absolutely loved called “Cold Case.” Maybe some of you remember it. One of my favorite episodes dealt with aftermath of a car accident that left a girl paralyzed, and the driver murdered later.. One of the cops investigating the murder of the person responsible for the accident was having a hard time because his own wife had been killed in a hit-and-run years before . The father of the girl that was paralyzed said to the cop “you would have eventually forgiven the guy because you would have realized it could have happened to you or me..that it was just some average joe..trucking a long night shift, just trying to make it home to his wife and kids, too afraid to stop and face what he had done “

Well, that is basically the summary of this movie Reservation Road. So having seen that episode of Cold Case years before and remembering quite well what that person had said to the officer that lost his wife, I could really relate and feel bad for Mark Ruffalo‘s character in this movie. I’m not trying to excuse him for not stopping after the accident...that was definitely the wrong decision, but I think if we look at it as something that could happen to any of us we could all understand why he would be too scared to stop and face what he had done. He was a decent guy and he was extremely rocked with guilt, and even tried a couple times to turn himself in. You could tell he really WANTED to turn himself in, but at the same time fear and survival instincts were prompting him to try and cover up his involvement.

An accident like that could happen to any of us. Now I’m not talking about people that drive drunk or people that see a school bus with the stop sign extended and flashing lights..and decide to ignore it because they’re just in too much of a hurry to be bothered stopping for the bus. Those kind of things are in a completely different category . But most of us have at least been tempted to drive a little faster than we should when we’re in a hurry.. at times animals and even children can run out in a road without any warning . Best we can do is slow down, be observant, don’t drive distracted , and be the best drivers we can be..but even so, an accident like this would not be impossible . Very very somber to think about.

So anyway I really like this movie and the contrast between the grieving father and the guilt racked father and you could definitely feel for both of them. All the characters put in a very good performance .. Even Dakota Fanning’s little sister showed that she had some of Dakotas talent as a child actress.

Great movie not a feel good one I would classify it more as somber.
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FloridianReviewed in the United States on June 14, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Horrible. Watch something else.
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I would have thought that in real life adults would be smarter than this. #1, an attorney would know the law, and he would have known he had to stop. #2, the dad should have known better than to leave a little kid alone in the car late at night. I never left my kids alone in the car, day or night. If I went in, they went in with me. #3, the dad should also know better than to take the law into his own hands. Two wrongs don't make one right. And it wasn't going to bring his kid back. So the whole thing just stunk! I would have had a much better time watching something else.
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Annie DavenportReviewed in the United States on July 17, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Double Edged Sword for Both Dads and Their Families
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This is a stark, bare to the bone, no punches pulled movie that shows the life-long horror that a few seconds of distracted driving can cause. This movie should be mandated in all Driver Training courses.

Almost all of us are guilty of being distracted while behind the wheel. Yes, cars are fun, they get us to and from friends' houses, parties, out to eat, out to drink, but the one thing a vehicle is that doesn't get mentioned often enough...vehicles are deadly weapons when used incorrectly. Driving is serious business. It deserves our undivided attention. One second could devastate one or more families, including the driver's family.

I actually felt empathy for both dads. One was in anguish and torment over the sudden and horrific loss of his ten year old son. The other was in torment and anguish over hitting, killing a child, and running from the scene. The guilt this Dad felt as he heaped lie upon lie upon lie in an effort to not only protect himself, but from fear of losing his own son, was immense, soul torturing.

Both dads were suffering. Both were in torturous pain. Both would have to live with their losses for the rest of their lives; in different ways, of course, but losses nonetheless.

Please. The next time you are tempted to read a text, or send a text, or even to take or make a call, please, remember this movie and then pull over. The extra couple of minutes it takes to find a safe place to pull off the road just may save a life. Possibly your own, or someone's child, or Mom, Dad, sister, or brother. Or your own child. Please, pull over.

If your kids are arguing in the back seat, please, don't reach around and try to keep your vehicle on the road. Pull over and then deal with your kids.

Secure your pets in a carrier, or in the back seat with a restraint made for your pet as they can cause distractions. And, if you are in an accident, a 20, or even a five pound cat flying loose around the inside of your car after a collision can cause serious injury. Not to mention the injury to your pet.

Let's all try to be better drivers and pay full attention to our driving. Remember, your vehicle is a potential deadly weapon. Please respect that power.

Safe driving...
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Theresa H.Reviewed in the United States on April 11, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Excellent movie. Sad but rewarding
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First of all, I like all of the main actors in this movie. Mark Ruffalo is very good as is Joaquin phoenix. Tragedy strikes in the movie & it is very sad. If you have children it’s extra sad & scary. Knowing one thing can cause a tragedy within seconds. Mark Roffalo and Joaquin characters are in so much pain you can feel it..a sign of great acting. The child actors are good as well. It’s somewhat suspenseful wondering if or when he will get caught. You can relate to the main characters mistake because it could happen to anyone, especially with the stress he was under from his ex-wife constantly calling, treating him like crap, and pulling the usual of holding visitation rights of his son over his head for any little thing he does. That’s the one thing that turned me off in the movie Mira Servinos character. Will he ever be forgiven?
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errin spellingReviewed in the United States on February 25, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
just as much the x wife's fault for upsetting him every ten minutes
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she called the driver every ten minutes and scared him to death, so he was in a big hurry. she calls while he is driving. first, you never speed or hurry, while you are driving, you may kill someone or hurt thrm for the rest of their life,like someone did to me , when i was sixteen and hurt my neck forever. and then 10 more drivers, in this state,driving too fast, so i know what i am talking about. this movie shows how both sides feel, unless someone is a sociopath, they call it an accident. it was very sad and upsetting and very well made. i didn't know what the movie was about, or i wouldn't have watched.
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James E. AddisonReviewed in the United States on June 24, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Not sure why people enjoy watching movies like this. Such a downer.
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PRIME. PLEASE MAKE SEEING YOUR PREVIEWS AN OPTION SETTING SO I CAN STOP THEM FOREVER!
1 star: couldn't watch more than 15 minutes. Unwatchable, or language not as described.
2 star: jumped my way to the end for the ending. Unwatchable, but interested in how this turd ended.
3 star: watched it all, but not happy about it. Nothing better to do.
4 star: I watched it, liked it well enough. Would never watch it again.
5 star: Great moving picture show! I'll watch it again, and maybe again in a few years.
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