Mass – The Best Acting of the Year
Director: Fran Kranz
Writer: Fran Kranz (Screenplay)
Starring: Jason Isaacs, Martha Plimpton, Ann Dowd, Reed Birney, Breeda Wool, Kagen Albright, Michelle N Carter
Plot: Aftermath of a violent tragedy that affects the lives of two couples in different ways.
Runtime: 1 Hour 51 Minutes
There may be spoilers in the rest of the review
Story: Mass starts when Jay (Isaacs) and Gail (Plimpton) agree to meet another couple Linda (Dowd) and Richard (Birney) to discuss how both their lives have changed forever after Linda and Richard’s son committed a violent school shooting, killing Jay and Gail’s son.
The two sides have faced the consequences of what happened, with two different visions of what happened in the aftermath, one had all the support of other victims’ families, while the other got put on the outside, rejected by society, despite losing their own child.
Thoughts on Mass
Thoughts – Mass brings us a drama that will look to bring the impossible meeting of parents who have been on both sides of a tragedy involving their children. The four are all grieving in different ways, they are left helpless for what happened, filled with guilt for not noticing the warning signs about their own son, not being able to help them, when they needed them most. Mass is one of the most interesting movies you will see, giving the reflection of what happened the firm centre of attention, showing the four characters not wanting to blame each other, but wanting to share the grief they have experienced. When you are looking at the best acting performances Jason Isaacs, Martha Plimpton, Ann Dowd and Reed Birney are stunning, they each give career bests, that are haunting and need to be in the awards conversation. Mass is a hart hitting drama that will show the grief experienced by the people left behind, after a violent crime.
Final Thoughts – Mass is an acting masterclass, with a hard hitting subject matter of grief.