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an affluent horse breeder's past comes up to haunt him ; an ages old cover-up and blackmail comes back to haunt him at the hands of one of his accomplices .
that's pretty much the essence of the movie and i have to say that it becomes quite boring at times and is very slow .
that aside the story was well presented and probably quite close and representative of its source .
the acting in particular i found very good , the character development was also quite interesting but alas the story simply did not hold my interest enough for me to get into the movie .
a few things about the story didn't sit very well with me for example the original scam and cover-up heavily involved the character played by sharon stone , yet in the end her character played a relatively small role and it seems she should have been utilized more to further the story along better .
on the flip side the character played by catherine keener i found to be very interesting and i thought that it was developed very well and helped the story a lot .
the character's aside this movie had some interesting merits but in the end it lacked in story and pacing .
as far as the acting and casting for this movie is concerned i have to say that the choices of nick nolte and jeff bridges were great as well as that of catherine keener .
all these people acted their parts admirably , as for the part that sharon stone played , she played it well but the part was not utilized enough .
the directing for this movie is something that i have to comment on because for once in a long while you see a director actually add a very distinctive flavor to a movie , this is one of those occasions .
matthew warchus in my opinion added an interesting touch and spin to the movie and i think he tackled a touch subject ( i myself wouldn't be able to look at horseracing and make a movie out of it ) .
there is a certain flavor about this movie and i think that the direction of the movie is the reason for this .
the one flaw that i do have to comment on is the pacing , the subject matter in my opinion wasn't interesting enough on its own to have this kind of flavoring and directorial touch about it .
i certainly hope that the director makes more movies as this does show promise even if i myself don't like it .
all in all i found this movie boring and very slow , the acting was good but the story just didn't evolve enough and wasn't captivating enough to make simpatico an enjoyable movie to watch .
although there is much going for the movie i didn't find it good even though i see the merits and style used and can compliment the movie on them .
i wouldn't recommend this movie to anyone but if you are a horse fanatic or a racing fanatic then you will most likely enjoy this movie .