Robert Longfellow (Martin Donovan, THE OPPOSITE OF SEX, "Boss", Weeds") is a famous playwright who can't seem to catch a break. His recent Broadway play was met with horrible reviews and an early cancellation, and his marriage is being tested as an old flame (Olivia Williams, THE GHOST WRITER, RUSHMORE) has reentered his life during a particular moment of weakness. Retreating back to his childhood home to visit his mother (Katherine Helmond, BRAZIL), Robert crosses paths with his childhood neighbor, Gus (David Morse, THE GREEN MILE, DANCER IN THE DARK, "Treme"). A right-wing, ex-con who still lives at home with his mother, Gus is Robert's polar opposite in every possible way. When Gus holds Robert hostage at gunpoint during a drunken reunion gone terribly wrong, the drama unfolds as social status, celebrity and the imminent threat of violence converge, building up to a climax that will leave both men forever changed.
Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
An exceedingly earnest, high-minded hostage drama in which any visceral tension is secondary to topical debates by a captor and his prisoner.Stephen Holden, New York Times, 07.05.2012
The dolefully talented actor Martin Donovan wrote, directed, and stars in a pressure-cooker two-hander.Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly, 07.04.2012
On one level, it's a dark, funny tragedy, but it's also Donovan's thesis on his own craft.Chris Packham, Village Voice, 07.03.2012
It's no surprise that Donovan's directorial debut finds him firmly rejecting the mainstream in favor of a deliberately suffocating challenge.Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News, 07.05.2012