Thursday, April 10, 2014

This Is Martin Bonner (2013)

Director: Chad Hartigan
Writers:  Tara Everhart, Chad Hartigan
Cast:       Paul Eenhoorn, Richmond Arquette

Martin Bonner (Paul Eenhoorn) is a recent divorcee in his late 50s who has taken up his new job as volunteer for a non-profit organization which helps prisoners make the transition to normal life after their term. Travis Holloway (Richmond Arquette) is released from prison after serving 12 years in prison for involuntary manslaughter and forms a friendship with Bonner whom he meets as part of the program.

It is essentially a feel good film which under normal circumstances I would hate. But it is done in such a manner with very real life characters and restraint acting that I loved it. The essential way by which films can be done interestingly in a feel good way would be to tackle subjects that don't normally get addressed in films regularly. Both the characters are feeling extremely lonely and trying to adjust to their new environments. Martin Bonner is a man who had a crisis of faith despite being a theologian and ended up with a job which uses spirituality as part of their rehabilitation program. Travis spends time with his original mentor whom he found to be too Christian for him and finds Bonner to be more of a match. He says that all his life he had been between nothing and everything when it comes to faith and never achieved either of the extremes. Bonner helps Travis in reconnecting with his daughter as they get on with their lives. 

Rating: 5/5