- Running time:
- 96 minutes
- Pierce Brosnan -
- Pastor Dan
- Greg Kinnear -
- Jennifer Connelly -
- Ed Harris -
- Dr. Paul Blaylock
- Marisa Tomei -
- Honey Foster
Carl Vanderveer (Greg Kinnear) trades his love of the Grateful Dead and Jerry Garcia for a commitment to Evangelical Christianity and charismatic preacher Dan Day (Pierce Brosnan). But Carl's faith is tested when he witnesses Dan commit a major crime, and Dan expects Carl to take the fall.
The verdict: "Salvation Boulevard" tries to say something about hypocrisy and selfishness in the Evangelical movement, but the point never shines through the muddled rambling mess of a story. The tangled web includes several familiar faces—Jennifer Connelly as Kinnear's wife, Marisa Tomei as a spacey security guard, Ed Harris as Brosnan's atheist rival—but no great characters. The strong actors flail helplessly against amped-up comic antics that land with a consistent thud. Based on a novel by Larry Beinhart (who also wrote the inspiration for "Wag the Dog") and directed by George Ratliff (who made the creepy Evangelical documentary "Hell House" and the creepy kid thriller "Joshua"), "Salvation" may have been complicated and chaotic on the page but it's reduced to a tedious film that makes no impact on screen.
[“Salvation Boulevard” is also available through “IFC In Theaters,” a video on demand service from select cable providers.]
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