The film is all about the convoluted, lie-filled lives of the Rizzos. Every single family member has a massive secret that no one else knows about. The daughter is a professional stripper, the dad goes to acting lessons under the guise of playing poker games; and everyone secretly smokes whenever no one else is looking. When the father discovers that a new in-mate at the jail he works at is his 24 year old son from a wife he ran away from years ago, everything spirals into complete and utter chaos.
The movie is primarily drama, but the director did such a good job with pacing it really keeps the ball rolling. Every 10 minutes another twist or lie is built up or knocked down. It really is a fascinating look at how quickly lies can overwhelm even a small group of people. Usually this genre of movie throws a disappointing ending at you, but City Island ends it with a nuclear explosion of theatrics.
I usually prefer action or sci-fi, but this was definitely worth the watch. The complex story combined with the really well done characters and crazy web of intrigue should entertain just about anyone.
City Island earns a 3/5 for an interesting somewhat unique storyline.Thursday, September 23, 2010 at 3:33 AM