Mass is a powerhouse of emotion thanks to the sheer force of its performances and writing. A conversation between two sets of parents, one of a school shooter (Reed Birney and Ann Dowd) and the other of the shooter’s victim (Jason Isaacs and Martha Plimpton), the movie makes a point to focus strictly on the story’s humanity. It touches on the political and mental health implications, but the writing focuses on empathizing its characters rather than politicizing them. You understand the fears and anxieties of the characters to their deepest core, so much so that you’ll notice your own views of these characters shift over time. This film lives and dies on its performances, and the actors give it their all. Mass is a powerful and necessary film that will move you to tears.
You can watch the interview with Jason Isaacs and Fran Kranz by Knockturnal contributor Ashlee Dell’Arciprete here
You can read a full review by Knockturnal contributor Liam Haber here