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After being imprisoned for a crime he didn’t commit, Leo Handler just wants to get his life back on track, so he goes to the one place he thinks will be safe--home. Unwittingly, he’s drawn into a world of sabotage, high stakes pay-offs and even murder. And the secret he discovers, will make him the target of the most ruthless family in the city...his own.
Thriller - Older viewers are most likely to appreciate this understated, if
somewhat violent, crime drama. Younger audiences attracted by star
Mark Wahlberg may be bored. Violence and language make the film
inappropriate for children.
Despite being effectively paced, The Yards, director James Gray's
follow-up to his effective debut, Little Odessa, is steeped in
contrivances and preposterous plot turns. In fact, things in The
Yards become so hard to swallow that even the most easygoing
movie-goers will find it hard to suspend disbelief. As an expose of
corruption in New York City politics, The Yards doesn't offer
anything new. As a low-key thriller about crime, punishment, and betrayal,
it's competent, but not spectacular. And, as a melodrama about broken
friendships and tangled family relationships, it only does the job some of
the time. Gray showed great promise with Little Odessa. Hopefully,
The Yards represents nothing more than a sophomore slump and is not
indicative of the direction his career is going to take.
After being imprisoned for a crime he didn't commit, Leo Handler (MARK WAHLBERG) just wants to get his life back on track, so he goes to the one place he thinks will be safe--home. There Leo takes a new job with his highly connected and influential Uncle Frank (JAMES CAAN), and is reunited with his longtime friend, Willie Guitierrez (JOAQUIN PHOENIX), his cousin, and his girlfriend Erica (CHARLIZE THERON). But in the legendary yards, a place where his family has toiled for generations and his uncle now pulls the strings, safe is not how they do business. Unwittingly, he's drawn into a world of sabotage, high stakes pay-offs and even murder. And the secret he discovers, will make him the target of the most ruthless family in the city...his own. Now, in the name of justice he'll have to do everything in his power to take them down.