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Redemption tale 'Two Men in Town' is an uneven mix
Redemption tale 'Two Men in Town' is an uneven mix

The setting is striking, the cast impressive. But "Two Men in Town," a drama that's built on dread and circles the question of redemption for a newly released prisoner, falls short of the mythic territory it aspires to. Director Rachid Bouchareb's existential tale is an adaptation of a 1973 feature starring Alain Delon and Jean Gabin. A trim and tightly contained Forest Whitaker, in narrow tie and Malcolm X glasses, plays William Garnett, who has found religion during his 18 years of incarceration for murder. His Islamic texts and prayers anchor him as he reenters society, a loose term for the stark landscape of Luna County, N.M., where two government employees fight...

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