Clive Owen takes a break from being a gunslinging action hero with a tender fatherhood tale that’s based on a true story. The plot centers on a wisecracking sportswriter Joe Warr who’s suddenly thrown into single parenthood in the wake of his wife’s tragic death. Forced to raise not one but two boys, a curious six year-old and a rebellious teen from a previous marriage, he struggles to take care of them in a household bereft of any feminine influence. Ultimately, father and sons alike must find their own way, amidst tumult and grief, to grow up and draw closer as a family.
Brought by the director of Shine and producer of Billy Elliot (which I absolutely adore!), the film is also executive produced by Owen himself. I teared up just watching the trailer, Clive looks like a natural in what’s promised to be a poignant family drama. Oh, and the scenery of South Australia countryside is breathtakingly gorgeous. Here’s wishing Clive will never again do anything like the atrociously preposterous Shoot ’em up. Ever.