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MASS (2021)

Emotionally exhausting in the best way, Mass features one of the best scripts in recent memory brought to life through powerful performances by a committed cast in a film that breaks you down and builds you back up.

Two couples bound together through unspeakable tragedy meet for a discussion filled with anger, grief, and unanswered questions. It is hard to remember a film so raw and unnerving in its exploration of a topic that is sadly so prevalent in our society. Mass brings viewers right into the middle of painful recollections and intense opposition that dives deeper with every line. The film’s four core actors (Jason Isaacs, Martha Plimpton, Ann Dowd, and Reed Birney) each continue to trounce one another as the film rolls on with their continuously eclipsing performances that will leave you in awe. Their ability to convey a wide range of emotions will absolutely tear you apart, taking you on a roller coaster of a ride until arriving at a stop where writer/director Fran Kranz satisfyingly puts you back together.

The simplistic setting and camerawork, along with the lack of a soundtrack, further magnifies the gravity of each word spoken. For me, Mass joins recent films such as Marriage Story and Pieces of a Woman as genuine tales of necessity that, while not for everyone, leaves you better for having watched.

Mass is now playing in select theaters.

Rating: 5/5

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