Review of Confession, a well-acted but uneven thriller Assignment X

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By ABBIE BERNSTEIN / Editor

Published: January 26, 2022 / 01:29

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Evaluation: Unclassified
Stars: Stephen Moyer, Colm Meaney, Claire-Hope Ashitey
Writer: David Concrete
Director: David Concrete
Distributer: Capless entertainment
Release date: January 21, 2022 (theater), January 25, 2022 (digital)

CONFESSION starts off as a type mystery of what’s going on here.

Victor Strong (Stephen Moyer) writes an apology/confession letter to his daughter. He’s bleeding from a gunshot wound, in a Catholic church office, preparing to speak with the unsuspecting Father Peter (Colm Meaney).

Victor expects what he has to say to greatly upset the priest. It certainly doesn’t help that when Victor makes his presence known, he points a gun at Father Peter and insists the priest lock all the doors.

We realize early on that there is a third person hiding in the church, who is also bleeding, trying to listen to the interaction between the two men.

Right now we are wondering what is happening on several fronts. Writer/director David Beton gives us an intriguing setup. He also gives us some lovely moody footage, courtesy of cinematographer Andrew Rodger and production designer Jamie Foote.

However, despite Moyer’s committed performances as a desperate Victor and Meaney as an alternately worried and bewildered clergyman, there are issues the actors can’t solve through their work alone.

Time and time again, the characters don’t ask reasonable questions (which will happen to most viewers) simply because it would lead to particular revelations early on.

The more we learn about what’s going on, the more reservations we have about a character’s methods and logic. Another character jumps to conclusions so irrelevant we can’t figure out how he gets there.

Also, while CONFESSION is largely a dialogue between a self-proclaimed sinner and a priest, the film fails to draw meaningful connections between religion, or even philosophy, and the current situation. While there is some impact of one person on another, much of what we hear is exposition rather than a conflict between faith and fatalism.

Fans of Moyer and/or Meaney may enjoy watching these comedians ply their trade uninterrupted for nearly eighty minutes. As a thriller or as a message, however, CONFESSION disappoints.

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