The Clearing

Theatrical Release: July 10, 2004
DVD Release: April 7, 2004
The Clearing


This suspense drama is the story of an aging couple, Wayne (Robert Redford) and Eileen (Helen Mirren) Hayes, who have done well financially. They have a beautiful home and two lovely, grown children. While they love each other, their feelings are not as passionate as they once were. Wayne is a disciplined man who works hard and is good with people. When he does not come home one night for dinner, Eileen is at first annoyed and then concerned. She calls the FBI, and soon her life is turned upside down as they probe into her private life in order to find her husband. She is forced to examine their marriage and Wayne’s past indiscretions, which is uncomfortable for her. Wayne has been kidnapped by a man (Willem Dafoe) from his past whom he barely remembers and is marched through the woods. As the two walk, they begin to understand one another and both reflect upon their lives. Wayne cannot imagine what lies ahead for him.

Dove Review

Lacking drama and suspense, the plot is simple and moves at a slow pace. A man is kidnapped, and his wife with the help of the FBI try to find him. There is no real message, either good or bad. The film keeps moving from present to past and then to the present again with little warning. As R-rated films go, this one is pretty mild, earning its rating for eight occurrences of bad language including two instances of the f-word and the s-word and three instances of strong profanity. If you are a Robert Redford fan and can tolerate some brief bad language, you may want to see this one.

Content Description


Company: Fox Searchlight Pictures
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 91 min.
Industry Rating: R
Reviewer: Movie Morality Ministries - Alan Boyer