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!