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With: Damian Lewis, Abigail Breslin, Amy Ryan
Written by: Lodge H. Kerrigan
Directed by: Lodge H. Kerrigan
MPAA Rating: R for a scene of strong sexuality, drug use and language
Running Time: 100
Date: 09/03/2004

Keane (2005)

3 Stars (out of 4)

Null and Paranoid

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

In 1994, Lodge H. Kerrigan released Clean, Shaven, a seriously difficultand disturbed look inside the mind of a schizophrenic. I admired thefilm but would never choose to see it again. Kerrigan's third film, thenew Keane, begins in much the same way, with William Keane (DamianLewis) frantically searching for his (supposedly) abducted daughter. Thecamera stays close to his head, circling and following him through long,frantic takes. Keane moves through fits of panic, paranoia and rage,fueled by sporadic cocaine use, and we're right there, close-up.Fortunately, others enter the picture. Keane offers to help a raggedlybeautiful mother, Lynn Bedik (Amy Ryan), pay her hotel bill and hebecomes an unwitting babysitter for Lynn's daughter Kira (AbigailBreslin). Kira helps draw Keane into a circle of calm andresponsibility, though Kerrigan continues a firm grip on the picture,foreshadowing and hinting at dreadful things to come. Overall, though,Keane is a surprise, and a highly effective film, much more accomplishedand less punishing than Clean, Shaven. Lewis in particular(Dreamcatcher, An Unfinished Life) voraciously attacks this actor'sdream role and gives an astonishing performance.{subid}&url=hitlist.asp?searchfield=marvel
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