Some seek it, some need it, some spurn it and some pay for it, but we're all involved in it. Set on one afternoon on Hampstead Heath, London, the film investigates the minutiae of seven couples. What makes us tick? Re-formed by a coded message to their web site, a group of animal rights activists set off to free an imprisoned colleague from a terrifying ordeal.
Their rescue mission leads them to a When five prostitutes are found dead in their community, residents of London Road in Ipswich, Suffolk come together to process the events and revitalize the community. In 14th-century England, a young monk breaks his vow of chastity and flees the wrath of his bishop and fellow monks.
A fugitive priest, he then witnesses the murder of a traveling performer--and subsequently, the mourning of actor by his fellow troupe members. He eventually becomes initiated into the troupe as a player, replacing the murdered man. They travel from town to town performing their standard morality play.
They arrive in a town where a boy has been killed and a young deaf-mute girl has been imprisoned for the crime--sentenced to death for witchcraft and murder. Discarding the expected bible stories, the actors stage a performance based on the crime. Through the performance of the play, they discover that the townspeople know the young woman did not, in fact, commit the murder. The stage becomes a place where vital human truth is told. Thus, simultaneously, the fugitive priest comes to terms with his own crime and makes a powerful sacrifice, thereby redeeming himself.
Written by Sujit R. A gem of a film. Paul Bettany is completely believable as a tormented priest, Willem Dafoe is as always intense and a joy to watch. The movie takes place in the dark ages mostly in a small outpost in the English countryside. A woman is wrongly accused of murder and a traveling troupe of actors, lead by Dafoe, enters the town and becomes involved in clearing her name of the accusation.
I was most impressed with the set they used for the village, it's incredible. The set immerses you in the desperate and dramatic feel of the film properly. The film has an authentic theatrical feel to it. More like it's being acted on stage rather than on location. I recommend this well acted tale. Start your free trial. Find showtimes, watch trailers, browse photos, track your Watchlist and rate your favorite movies and TV shows on your phone or tablet! Keep track of everything you watch; tell your friends. Full Cast and Crew.
A priest on the lam takes up with a traveling band of actors, who then discover a murder has occurred and try to solve it by recreating the crime in a play. Barry Unsworth novel , Mark Mills screenplay. IMDb's Guide to Streaming. Share this Rating Title: The Reckoning 6.
Use the HTML below. You must be a registered user to use the IMDb rating plugin. Learn more More Like This. Dot the I Sweeney Todd TV Movie The Killing Gene Mara Laverentz Or is it the editor pushing something to market to keep the cash register ringing? Dec 08, Jay Hogan I do agree with some of your critiques. Especially the informality of the children when referring to their parents. But I did enjoy the book. Dec 12, Oct 22, Kate Olson rated it really liked it Shelves: Thanks a million to doubledaybooks for this free review copy!
I absolutely adore all of his older titles, with my very favorite being The Testament. I will never forget listening to that book! His newest book is out on This book sucked me in, kept me guessing, and had me reading about military history with a completely new level of interest.
If you or a friend or family member are also old school Grisham fans, or love reading about WWII, get your hands on a copy of this book! View all 5 comments. Bobbie Hartsfield Bonnie wrote: Hollywood has a way of ruining books sometimes. Kim Faires I agree! It was so solid up until then. I gave it 4 stars but was disappointed how he wrapped up the end.
Dec 15, Nov 12, Suzanne rated it it was amazing. This novel was incredible! It was a powerful story with so much mystery right up to the end. I could not right for the secrets to be revealed, and they were not exactly what readers would predict. I seriously enjoyed this book to the point of losing sleep over it.
I would have read in one day if my schedule would have permitted. It was that good! My quick and simple overall: A really great standalone novel! View all 4 comments. Nov 18, Monnie rated it it was amazing. Without doubt, this is one of the saddest and most haunting books I've read in a while close to downright depressing, in fact. What's more, about a third of it was so unsettling that insofar as possible, I skimmed through it.
It is written matter-of-factly, without emotion - but the emotion comes through loud and clear nonetheless. Did I love it? In many ways, no; but in the overall scheme of things, it's pretty darned awesome. The depressing part came near the end, when facts n Without doubt, this is one of the saddest and most haunting books I've read in a while close to downright depressing, in fact. The depressing part came near the end, when facts not previously in evidence were revealed let's just say that O Henry's "The Gift of the Magi" came to mind. The unsettling part came in the middle, when details of the World War II military life of Pete Banning, one of the main characters, was outlined in all-too-vivid detail.
If there's anything in this world I'd rather not read about, see, or listen to, it's the horrors of war. And the entire middle section of this book, Titled "The Boneyard," lays it all out. Yes, it's a very important part of the story - but had I known it was coming I'd have left sneaker tracks on the sidewalk running the other way. That said, what a story it is. Set in small-town Clanton, Mississippi, after World War II has ended and Pete, thought to have been killed, returns home to his extensive cotton farm as a decorated hero.
His wife, Liza, is in a mental institution - at Pete's orders - and their son and daughter are grown. In , at the age of 43, Pete is about to do something virtually unthinkable, especially for a man of his stature; commit a cold-blooded murder. He freely admits to his guilt; what he refuses to admit, though, is his motive.
He will, he insists, go to his death - a very real possibility if he's convicted by a jury - with his secret intact. His long-time family lawyer, nor his sister Flora, who lives on the farm, nor his children will ever hear the reason behind his action - at least never from his lips. From that point on, much of the narrative focuses on Pete's family background and what and how his children are doing, all of which takes place in a deep-South setting in which "coloreds" handle menial tasks and are not allowed to sit on the front porch of any home nor anywhere in a courtroom except the balcony.
And of course, let's not forget the section that details what happened to him in the war when he was part of the historic Bataan Death March in the Philippines. Even though I didn't want to read it, I can't imagine the research it took to pull all that together. In the final section, "The Betrayal," readers, along with Pete's two children - find out what really happened.
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Dec 12, Krissy rated it did not like it Shelves: This did not work for me. It started out pretty interesting but died a quick death. It was just too long, dull, and depressing. The war flashbacks bored me to tears and I didn't understand why they were even included in the story. Don't go into this expecting some big twist at the end.
Or even a big eye opening moment. I didn't finish this book thinking "I totally understand why he killed that man. Marialyce Unfortunately, Grisham has lost his mojo. I have just returned this one to the library mostly unread. Dec 13, Nov 10, Scott rated it liked it. It has become one of my annual late Fall rituals. The leaves are falling. This time out, Grisham shares a family saga combining the elements of a World War II time period, a secret mystery, and plenty of court room drama.
Pete Banning is a successful farmer and patriarch of a prominent family in Clanton, Mississippi. He is It has become one of my annual late Fall rituals. He is a decorated World War II hero that should have been killed many times over rather than safely return home. He is also a faithful member of the Methodist church. Then everything changes for him and his family when one October morning he drives into town, walks into his Church, and calmly shoots his spiritual leader, Reverend Dexter Bell, to death.
If the murder was not shocking enough, Pete turns himself in and takes accountability for his actions. His actions were between himself and the Reverend, and no one else. Pete refuses to provide any reason or information whatsoever, regardless of he is facing either life in prison or the death penalty. He moves through the bias and prejudicial legal process of the Jim Crow South to the horrors of modern warfare in the jungles of the Philippine islands during World War II to the outcome and impact of a family falling apart in the overwhelming layers of legal liability.
Over the last several years, it seemed to me that Grisham was shifting his writing to leave more of a legacy. His writings have been moving away from his earlier legal thrillers in which individual protagonists were on the run from large corporate greed or evil mobsters and were saved in the end in dramatic and climactic fashion. He is focusing more on 20th century period stories set in his home state of Mississippi, with many of them occurring in his fictionally created Ford County.
His themes have been more aimed on exposing serious societal issues like the death penalty, race inequality, and how the law can be abused by those in positions of power. Faulkner wrote many novels, short stories, screenplays, poetry, and essays during his lifetime. He is primarily known for his novels and short stories, especially those set in his fictional Yoknapatawpha County, which was based on Lafayette County, Mississippi, where he lived during most of his life. Faulkner even makes a guest appearance in this book, interacting with one of the main characters in an interesting restaurant scene.
Grisham has used the same blueprint for his novels and short stories, using Ford County to reveal and examine social issues and inequalities that he feels need to be brought to the public square for debate and improvement. Overall, I wanted to like this book more than I actually did. It is that Faulkner gothic and Southern working-class story telling style that makes this both a good read and a tough read.
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It is a good read because Grisham is a master storyteller. He can make anything interesting, demand your attention, and keep you fully engrossed until the end, even if you think you know what the outcome will be. It is also a tough read because it is not a book, after finishing it and knowing the answer to the secret driving the central plotline, that I will come back to read again. It was full of negative and emotional experiences for many of the characters and their outcomes, which weighs heavily on the reader. I realize Grisham intended a certain emotional outcome, and he delivered it.
At least not in any foreseeable future… Aug 27, Brenda rated it it was ok. Author John Grisham never fails to tell a story well, but in this instance, I question whether the story needed to be told at all. After being declared dead, yet somehow miraculously surviving the horrors of the Bataan death march and POW Camp O'Donnell, Pete Banning returns home for a joyous reunion with his family. But shortly thereafter Author John Grisham never fails to tell a story well, but in this instance, I question whether the story needed to be told at all. But shortly thereafter, something goes horribly wrong: In the drawn-out legal battle that ensues, Pete's only statement to the sheriff, to his lawyers, to the judge, to the jury, and to his family—was: I would not call it Southern Gothic, merely gruesome.
Oct 24, Stephen rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is a sweeping saga recalling the finest Southern Gothic tradition. A tale to take pleasure from and in which to lose yourself. Part One - The Killing: On October 9, in Clanton, Ford County, Mississippi Pete Banning, a decorated war hero and prominent citizen, awakens early and calmly goes about his morning routine.
He then drives into town, walks into the Methodist and This is a sweeping saga recalling the finest Southern Gothic tradition. He then drives into town, walks into the Methodist and shoots and kills Reverend Dexter Bell. All he says to anyone, including his lawyer, is, "I have nothing to say. The county prosecutor loves it. We are shown how Pete's family, his children Joel and Stella along with his sister, Florry, struggle in the aftermath of the trial. Now with their Mom, Liza, already committed to a mental hospital for reasons they do not know, Joel and Stella are left to wonder at what's happened to their family.
Part Two - The Boneyard: This section is a war story recounting Pete's harrowing experiences in the Philippine jungles. The Battle of Bataan. We get a feel for how these experiences will shape and affect him upon his return home. It's full of danger, horror and action. Part 3 - The Betrayal: We continue to follow the Banning family's turmoil in the wake of Pete's trial.
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There are mounting legal troubles and some fine courtroom drama. When they discover this, it will lead them to their father's motivations for doing what he did. Pete Banning's reasons for his actions and the real story might not be the same thing. A narrative of tragedy and scandal beautifully told. This is fiction at its best. A suspenseful tale of family to become engrossed in and to savor. This was an ARC Giveaway in exchange for an honest review. Oct 29, Carolyn rated it liked it.
A Southern Gothic tragedy about the decline and disgrace of a prominent and respected family who own a valuable plantation in rural Mississippi. The time is the s and the racial divide affects the social standing and legal justice for the Blacks. There are harsher penalties for blacks than for white citizens charged with crimes. The vast number of executions in the district have been carried out on blacks and the death penalty of a wealthy white man has been unknown. Judges and all 3. Judges and all white juries are the rule, and the wealth to afford the best defense lawyers is a deciding factor.
We get a chilling description of botched hangings and electrocutions. Pete Banning was a highly respected family man, a successful farmer, and war hero. One day he enters the Methodist church which his family attended, and shoots their beloved and popular minister. The mystery and suspense lie in his motive for such a bizarre crime.
He refuses to explain his reason to anyone: The first section of the book deals with legal maneuvering and the trial. I found this to be the strongest part of the book. Grisham writes vividly showing superb ability to describe the indescribable tortures, illnesses, and death. We follow Pete during the Bataan Death March, the deprivation and suffering in a Japanese POW camp, in one of the overcrowded, filthy ships carrying prisoners to Japan for slave labor and finally as a guerrilla fighter in the Philippine jungle.
Pete was classified missing and believed dead for 3 years. He returns home to an overjoyed wife, sister,and two children after being hospitalized for war wounds and the after effects of dysentery and malaria. He commits his wife to a mental institution and the grown children are forbidden to visit.
Then he murders the minister. As the family fortune declines, there are several more tragedies. Surely things will be turned around to provide a happier ending. Suspense which sustained the story is finally resolved when the motive for the murder is finally revealed. I felt the book was longer than necessary. The WW2 flashbacks were the most powerful part of the story for me and which could have been a separate novel. The structure bothered me at first, starting out at the family in their present time s , then flashbacks to WW2 events, and finally a continuation of the character's story.
Overall I concluded this format worked well. Definitely not a happy, relaxing read. Oct 10, Cyndi rated it it was amazing Shelves: World War II veteran Pete Banning wakes up one day, goes about his business as usual and then proceeds to murder in cold blood the beloved preacher of the Methodist church. Pete refuses to tell anyone the reasons behind the killing and he and his family both suffer the consequences. It is suspenseful right up to the very last page. Overall, a thoroughly entertaining and enjoyable read recommended to all. All opinions are my own.
Sep 08, Travis Fortney rated it liked it. Somewhat of a departure for Grisham, though his recent books The Rogue Lawyer and The Rooster Bar haven't perfectly fit the mold of "legal thriller" which he pretty much created either. Suspense in the novel is two-fold. Question one, will Pete be executed for his crime, and two, will we ever learn his motive? I found the first part of the novel, which deals with question one, to be Somewhat of a departure for Grisham, though his recent books The Rogue Lawyer and The Rooster Bar haven't perfectly fit the mold of "legal thriller" which he pretty much created either.
I found the first part of the novel, which deals with question one, to be very suspenseful, and I stayed up reading the first half of the book the first night I cracked it open. The answer to the question of motive, which is the driving force to the second half of the book, I found less satisfying.
It seemed like Grisham wanted us to believe in Pete Banning as a war hero, but even during his heroic story arc, he's not a great person. He's apart from his family for three years and makes only minimal effort to contact them. Though the end of the book isn't happy for anyone, Pete's punishment and the ripple effect his crime has on the next generation seems ultimately just. Seperately, it was refreshing to read a World War II book that largely ignored the Nazis and Hitler, but the words "Japs" and "Nips" were used too much.
I didn't know what would be lost by just calling the enemy "Japanese" and not having the characters refer to them in dialogue. Race and Racism is a theme here, and race plays a role in the tragedy at the center of the book, but to say the tragedy is caused by anything other than Pete's selfishness and self-righteousness is a stretch. Nov 01, Kalen rated it it was ok Shelves: This started out so promising. And then we got to the courtroom scenes and aftermath which dragged on but it is a Grisham book so fair enough.
Compelling enough I suppose but completely out of place in the rest of the book. By the time he got back to the primary story, I had lost patience. This one felt like Grisham wanted to write two different books and probably should have. Dec 16, Gary rated it liked it. I hadn't read a John Grisham novel for quite awhile and very quickly after starting 'The Reckoning' I started thinking about other books of his that I also wanted to read. Unfortunately the book was a bit hit and miss for me, I enjoyed the first part of the novel where the killing and the court case happened but my interest waned when the second part of the book spoke of the main characters war time experiences and by the end I really didn't care a lot what the outcome proved to be.
Overall disa I hadn't read a John Grisham novel for quite awhile and very quickly after starting 'The Reckoning' I started thinking about other books of his that I also wanted to read. Overall disappointing and too drawn out. The reader must remember the story takes place in and the relationship between black and whites in Mississippi was different than today. The book is divided into three section. The first is about the current time with the story of Pete Banning. Our protagonist is Pete Banning. The story is a bit different from the usual Grisham story, but it is interesting.
Grisham always makes a great read; he is a master storyteller. Unfortunately, the story left me feeling sad. I read this as an audiobook downloaded from Audible. The book is seventeen hours and thirty-six minutes. Michael Beck does a good job narrating the book.
Beck is an actor and audiobook narrator. Nov 16, Nan Williams rated it it was amazing. John Grisham is the ultimate and consummate story teller. Like few others, he can transport you right into the story he is telling. When he writes about Ford County, Mississippi, every word rings true for me as I grew up in a small town in Alabama in the 40s and 50s.
With Grisham there are real characters, not caricatures. With Grisham there is honesty in the action — warts and all. With Grisham there is no racism nor bullying nor any other modern day societal hot topic, he merely tells about hu John Grisham is the ultimate and consummate story teller.
With Grisham there is no racism nor bullying nor any other modern day societal hot topic, he merely tells about human interaction in the particular times. That having been said, The Reckoning is another beautifully written novel. Highly recommended for those who want a novel which is serious and thought provoking.
This was total southern immersion for me, listened and read this, LOVED the reader, so much feeling it was dripping off the pages, was driving when he started to shout, felt like I was right there in the midst and flinched behind the wheel! I thought this was excellent, historical fiction and a riveting family drama, which I bought into hook line and sinker! When my husband came home from work I was 17' from the end, I wanted to slink away and finish instantly, much to my surprise he was 18' fro This was total southern immersion for me, listened and read this, LOVED the reader, so much feeling it was dripping off the pages, was driving when he started to shout, felt like I was right there in the midst and flinched behind the wheel!
When my husband came home from work I was 17' from the end, I wanted to slink away and finish instantly, much to my surprise he was 18' from the end, so we listened together. I never like to discuss the book, that's why I read, for the surprises, and this one was! I relished thinking back how he skillfully never let me think that option. I think this would be great book club selection, lots to talk about. Nov 03, Julie Durnell rated it it was amazing. I liked this new Grisham novel so much! It was part the usual legal thriller but a smaller part; with a most unusual murder.