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In the movie The Pledge director Sean Penn delivers a suspenseful and compelling mixture of murder and faith Not only does he force us as viewers to examine our own opinions of good and evil throughout the twisted plot of the film but he also keeps our attention with his unique editing style Early on in the film we are introduced to an underlying theme concerning religion which will carry on until the very end of the story After the murder of Ginny Larsen a seven year old girl Jerry the retired detective played by Jack Nicholson is driven by Mrs Larsen the mother of the murdered girl to swear by his souls salvation on the cross that Ginny made out of wood After the original suspect confesses to the crime and commits suicide all the other officers believe that the case is closed but Jerry has a hunch that the man who confessed to the murder did not actually commit it Because the suspect had an extreme mental handicap Jerry believes that he was made to believe that he committed the crime by the man that questioned him The religion theme is introduced once again when Jerry goes to interview Ginnys grandmother who had been extremely close to the young girl Her grandmother tells Jerry that Ginny had liked the writing of Hans Christian Andersen She had especially enjoyed a passage involving Andersens depiction of death He wrote that whenever a good child dies and angel comes down picks up the child and flies with him or her over all of the places that he or she loved and then the child carries a handful of flowers up to God Throughout the course of the next several scenes Penns editing style becomes more apparent He uses montage in numerous scenes in the movie to increase the intensity While in the airport about to fly down to Baja after his retirement for some leisurely
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