REVIEW: THE CONFESSION
OVERVIEW: Earlier this year, Golden Globe® and Emmy® award-winning actor, Keifer Sutherland (24), and Digital Broadcasting Group (DBG) embarked on a groundbreaking entertainment project: producing an original, studio-quality series with cinematic and dramatic intensity to premiere expressly on the internet as the first window of distribution. THE CONFESSION, written and directed by Brad Mirman (The Good Shepherd, screenwriter) and starring Sutherland and Academy Award® nominee John Hurt (The Lord of the Rings), debuted on Hulu on March 28, 2011, with a new episode rolling out every week for 9 weeks.
The project is Sutherland’s first endeavor in web development and represents a whole new level of talent, production and gripping storytelling in the field of web originals. When THE CONFESSION launched exclusively on Hulu, it was in the Top-5 most subscribed-to series on the platform for nearly three months. The series garnered more than 10 million views before its conclusion on September 30.
Now, for the first time, THE CONFESSION is available as a feature-film cut from New Video’s Flatiron Film Company and hits the streets on standard digital platforms and DVD on January 24. New Video’s strategy for web originals provides huge potential for great indie content to live longer through extended platform distribution and reach a wider audience.
THE CONFESSION also features Max Casella (Boardwalk Empire), Daniel London (HBO’s Mildred Pierce), and Michael Badalucco (The Practice). Executive-producers include Kiefer Sutherland, Chris Young and Joseph Gomes of DBG, and Maura Mandt of Maggievision Productions. Flatiron’s release includes 10 pieces of bonus material exclusive to DVD/digital and not previously available online, including back stories for 3 different characters and exclusive behind-the-scenes material.
SYNOPSIS: THE CONFESSION is a story of unique redemption and an exploration of good and evil, centering on a hit man (Sutherland) and a priest (Hurt). The story begins on Christmas Eve, when the hit man enters a church to confess his sins to the priest. Through a series of gripping flashbacks, the Confessor’s journey is revealed – laying out what has brought him to this moment and leading the audience to the dramatic ending where the man’s chances at ultimate redemption hang in the balance. While at first the Confessor seems to be an evil, cold-blooded killing machine and the Priest the ultimate arbiter of good, as the series develops, it becomes clear that both characters are much more complicated than either could have suspected.
English 2.0 Dolby Digital Surround Sound
Film Cut the Complete Series
Exclisive, Never-Before-Seen Episodes
Promotional Featurettes with Cast & Crew Interviews
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