Director: Jason Reitman
Starring: Kate Winslet, Josh Brolin
Desperate Hours filmed in the 1950's and starring Humphrey Bogart was the first of many films which dealt with innocent families being taken hostage by escaped fugitives.
Labor Day the latest in this genre, is set in St Louis 1987 and tells the story of Adele Wheeler (Kate Winslet) and her son Henry (Gattlin Griffith) who are held hostage in their home by escaped murderer Frank Chambers (Josh Broslin).
Adele is a recluse and divorcee yearning to rediscover love. From the moment they meet a consuming sexual tension develops. Henry who is quietly begging for a more permanent 'father figure” also takes a liking to the fugitive. The events that unfold on this steamy hot Labor Day weekend will transform their lives forever.
Winslet delivers a praise-worthy performance as pained and suffering Adele Wheeler in one of her rare film appearances beautifully paired with Broslin. Tobey Mcguire also returns to the screen in a surprisingly small role.
Labor Day is effective but slightly tarnished by confusing flashback sequences and silly storylines written to conveniently round off the movie. Needless subplots also succeed in lengthening a film which is already too long. Regardless of its flaws 'incurable romantics' will be absolutely mesmerised by this love story. JAKE