— by RACHEL COYNE —
While watching the trailer for the crime-thriller “Tenderness,” I kept thinking, “This doesn’t look very thrilling.” Then the words “From the director of ‘Swimfan’ and ‘Hide and Seek’” appeared on the screen, and I understood why.
Russell Crowe dons what I think is supposed to be an American accent to play a world-weary detective who is obsessed with tracking a young man recently released from jail. Said young man was convicted of murder, and Crowe is convinced he will kill again, so he trails him on a journey to check out college campuses. Then this weird chick shows up who is besotted with the possible murderer and stows away in his car. And then I got distracted by something shiny and stopped paying attention.
“Tenderness” was apparently filmed a couple of years ago, but just purchased for distribution some time in 2009. It’s rumored to be in limited release on Dec. 11, but I can’t find anything to solidly confirm that. So you may have to wait for a DVD release to see this crappy-looking Russell Crowe movie. I’m so sorry.
Follow Rachel Coyne on Twitter at http://twitter.com/TheOpinionatedB.