The movie The Pledge was based on the book The Pledge.
Movie details for The Pledge
Actors on this movie include Patricia Clarkson, Benicio Del Toro, Dale Dickey, Wendy Donaldson, Adrien Dorval, Aaron Eckhart, Shawn Henter, Kathy Jensen, Taryn Knowles, Nels Lennarson, Costas Mandylor, J.J. McColl, Gordon May, Gardiner Millar, Helen Mirren, Adam Nelson, Jack Nicholson, Tom Noonan, Michael O'Keefe and Tony Parsons.
As in Sean Penn's previous work, this is an actors' piece. Nicholson plays Jerry with restlessness under his easy-going, smiling calm; his patient fisherman's heart leaps at every nibble while he casts for a murder suspect. And Del Toro, Helen Mirren, Vanessa Redgrave, and Mickey Rourke make striking impressions in their single-scene appearances. Penn is less concerned with the mystery than the emotional turmoil and Jerry's state of mind, interrupting moments of calm with jagged cuts and discomforting images (including some especially disturbing crime scene photos). Jerry's instincts and methods are sound and his sensitivity is real--he takes in a battered single mom (Robin Wright Penn) and her little girl, and develops a rewarding family life--but his passion for justice turns to unhealthy, destructive obsession. That's ultimately what we're left with at the conclusion of this often off-putting but ultimately fascinating film. The truth will not always set you free. --Sean Axmaker
Book details for The Pledge