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Set in modern Mississippi, MONSTER'S BALL subtly examines the impact of personal loss and the transforming power of human connection.... Read More
Set in modern Mississippi, MONSTER'S BALL subtly examines the impact of personal loss and the transforming power of human connection. The movie begins in the state penitentiary's death row, where father-and-son prison guards Hank (Billy Bob Thornton) and Sonny Grotowski (Heath Ledger) administer the execution of a black death-row inmate Lawrence Musgrove (Sean Combs), who leaves behind a wife, Leticia (Halle Berry), and son, Tyrell (Coronji Calhoun). When both Hank and Leticia's children subsequently die, the two grieving parents are accidentally thrust together, where they begin to find comfort and eventually a form of redemption. <br> <br> Employing a languid pace and minimalist dialogue, MONSTER'S BALL slowly moves forward on the strength of the cast's performances (including a supporting turn from Peter Boyle as Hank's ailing racist father, Buck) and Marc Forster's understated direction. The complex characters are allowed to develop gradually over the course of the entire movie, making the film a ri... Minimize
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57 Reviews from Epinions.com
Mar 24, 2002
Go to the Monster's Ball
Pros: The acting and the story...everything
Cons: I would have liked to see the end played out a bit more.
Superb movie with terrific acting. Halle Berry should get the Oscar and if she doesn't the Academy should be ashamed of itself. Read More at Epinions.com
Apr 10, 2002
Halle Berry, Best Actress
Pros: Not only is there a good plot, you get to see boobs
Cons: the drawn out begining sequence of Hank sleeping
To see a movie that can really lead your emotions where it wants to, for you to actually feel for the characters on screen is rare, Monster's Ball does this. Read More at Epinions.com
Feb 25, 2006
Monster's Ball - this made my chest hurt
Pros: Vivid story. Important themes. Great acting.
Cons: This was too much for a night home alone.
I need to find someone to pick my movies. Monster's Ball was not a good selection when I wanted to unwind. Read More at Epinions.com
Feb 16, 2002
Monsters Ball: Be Prepared for a Ride on the Wild Side...
Pros: Outstanding performances by Halle Barry, & Bill Bob Thornton.
Cons: Well, nothing as far as I am concerned.
See the film, you will not be sorry. If you enjoy high drama this is the film for you. Take a friends, its message is worth sharing. Read More at Epinions.com
Feb 18, 2002
Have You Attended The Monster's Ball?
Pros: Mind-blowing performances, gripping plot
Cons: Leaves some things unanswered, ending is a bit sudden
Just see it. You won't regret it. Be sure to keep the kids far, far away though. Read More at Epinions.com
Aug 10, 2002
Monster's reside in many minds
Pros: Depicts the tragedy of racism and capital punishment. Sensual--emotional
Cons: Very intense violent scenes and sexually explicit scenes.
This film will make you think about your attitudes and views of the death penalty, prison guards, and racism. Read More at Epinions.com
Jun 8, 2002
Oscars Y2K2 II - Halle's Haul?
Pros: Excellent Deep South drama by director Forster along with Oscar-winning work by Berry...
Cons: May be too intense for certain audiences...
Billy Bob Thornton moves up the ranks as one of our finest character actors while Berry transcends all her previous work in this soon-to-be classic... Read More at Epinions.com
Feb 15, 2002
Overcoming The Worst
Pros: beautifully acted, shocking, realistic, satisfying.
Cons: Peter Boyle--from comedian to bigot! Good job at it, but very odd!
Stunning. Just stunning. Read More at Epinions.com
Mar 6, 2002
Tristan and Isolte in Georgia
Pros: Intelligent, touching film
Cons: None to speak of
It's terrific to see a smart piece of film writing again, not just another smarmy movie based on "reality." Read More at Epinions.com
Feb 9, 2002
Monster's Ball: A Quiet Feast
Pros: Memorable performances by Billy Bob Thornton and Halle Berry; Beautiful photography
Cons: The story lacks depth.
This film is a must-see for serious movie fans. Excellent acting, directing, cinematography and editing combined to create a film of rare depth and beauty. Read More at Epinions.com
Dec 17, 2002
Powerful drama - Worth Watching
Pros: Powerful drama, Excellent Acting, Good soundtrack.
Cons: Chance meeting defies belief. Difficult dialogue for us non Americans.
This is a thought provoking and sometimes disturbing film which has an underlying message of hope. I thoroughly recommend it. Read More at Epinions.com