Excerpt: What Doesn’t Kill You, from director Brian Goodman, who co-wrote the film with Donnie Wahlberg (yep) and Paul T. Murray, flew under a lot of radars despite a critically acclaimed though very limited theatrical run in 2008.
Conclusion: Fans of gangster films should give What Doesn't Kill You a rental or even a blind buy. There are much worse movies to add to your library and chances are some of them are sitting on your shelf right now.
Excerpt: Mark Ruffalo and Ethan Hawke star as friends who grew up like brothers on the gritty streets of south Boston. They do whatever it takes to survive, living by the code of their dog-eat-dog neighborhood.
Conclusion: 'What Doesn't Kill You' may be based on one man's extraordinary resurrection, but it's not an extraordinary film. This standard tale of loss and redemption features good performances, but the script and direction just aren't strong enough to lift the film out of the pack.
Excerpt: If Brian Goodman's autobiographical South Boston crime drama What Doesn't Kill You hadn't arrived so soon after The Departed , Gone Baby Gone , and the New York-set Before The Devil Knows You're Dead , it might've seemed a lot fresher, and maybe even revelatory.