"Ben Kingsley's performance is riveting and the twists that lie ahead take the cake right off of the baker's dish"
When you hear the title "House Of Sand And Fog", it doesn't really jump out at you and say "Watch me, Watch me" does it? Well, we took a chance and believe it or not, this movie has quite the story wrapped up in it's Kingsley casing. This film is about a house, well, more than just a house. It's about love, family, passion, trust and disbelief. It's a deep story that also happens to be based on a novel by Andre Dubus III.
The movie as a whole, begins by introducing Kathy(Connelly), a young depressed woman, holding on
to what little bit of normalcy she has left. For example, her lover left months ago and she is attempting to mentally prepare for several of her family members to stop in for a visit. Now what's so wrong with that, you ask? Well, the problem with her family coming to visit is that she may not even have a home when their airplane lifts off the ground. You see, the house she is living in belonged to her father and she has been slipping on the bills.
It's more like one bill in particular and believe it or not, that's all it took for her father's home to be put on the auction block. Yes, we know, it's saddening, but makes for a good story, right?
So her house is up for grabs and a proud man by the name of Massoud Behrani(Kingsley) snaps up the opportunity to regain stability for his family. Massoud is one of those guys that served in the military and is very concerned with how others perceive his success and the quality of his home. He cares deeply for his son and would do anything to keep his wife's pretty face beaming, but his stubborn pride often makes her frown. So this house to him is a godsend, it's like the heavens opened up and blessed him with a life-changing experience.
Good for Massuoud, but hell for Kathy because now, what will she do? Where will she live? She can't tell her family that she let her daddy's house that he worked all those years to have for his children slip away because of her stupidity. So what will she do? Maybe this cop friend of hers has a few ideas? But then again maybe his desperation and her neurotic mind will only make things worse?
Let us just tell you that "House Of Sand And Fog" is a solid film! This movie and the performances within are compelling and they definitely give the viewer food for thought. One never knew a house could mean so much or a family could be so strong, until watching this captivating film. Kingsley's performance is none short of the expert quality that you'd expect from a seasoned veteran of the arts. Ben taps into some of those emotions that most of us try to lock away and forget, you know the ones attached to memories of pain and regret.
Connelly stepped up her game in this one as well, we were still reeling from her lackluster performance in "Dark Water", but that's a matter of a different kind. Her character, Kathy, gets dark and struggles to maintain, but with Connelly's portrayal, she finds her way.
So all in all, we recommend this movie for those that love a good suspense, those who want to have a quality experience in the comfort of their home. "House of Sand And Fog" is also for viewers that like a few twists in their drama and a good display of devotion to family. We enjoyed the movie and we feel you will as well. Thanks for reading.
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