The storyline engages us right from the start. If we talk about the ending, it isn’t very pleasant for some of the fans. They comment, ‘the ending destroyed the beauty of the movie’, ‘saddest ending’, and ‘the end killed the whole movie.’ But for some, the movie’s main message lies in the end only. Despite varied views, the film thrilled us all.
Jerry Black, a police detective from Nevada, comes across the news of the murder of an eight-year-old girl at his retirement party. He visits the site with another detective, Stan Krolak. Jerry also went to the girl’s family to inform them about her death. Her mother, Margaret Larsen, takes a pledge from Jerry to find her daughter’s killer.
The pledge inspires him to start the investigation. The police team falsely accused a Native American man, Toby, of the murder. He had a mental disability. Police took advantage of it and directed him to confess the crime. Post confessing, Toby dies of suicide, and the case closes. But detective Jerry wasn’t satisfied with it. He learned that three other girls were also killed in the same pattern. Also, the murdered girl, Ginny was friends with a mystery man.
But, the findings did not reopen the case. Jerry takes the matter into his hands and buys a gas station near the location of the murders. Meanwhile, Jerry comes across a waitress Lori and her daughter Chrissy. He develops a fatherly affection for Chrissy.
This little girl also begins meeting with an ‘unknown friend.’ The unknown friend had similarities with Ginny’s mystery man. Chrissy tells Jerry that she is about to meet her unknown friend. Jerry sees this as an opportunity and convinces Stan to catch him.
The ending scene of the film shows Jerry in a turmoil state. The failure of Ginny’s murder investigation deeply impacted his psychological state. He is seen drinking and ruined. Jerry’s lady love, Lori breaks up with him. The police team lost faith in him. And his gas station business is stopped now. So, what happened to the mystery killer? Was he too clever to be caught? Actually, NO. Jerry was right from the start.
We could have seen an exciting face-off between the killer and Jerry. But, the expectations of a heated climax were ruined when the murderer died in a road accident. And that’s how; the ending became the most depressing for some movie lovers. So, who was the killer?
The Pledge – Cast, Characters, and Production
The suspense drama had a stellar cast. Jack Nicholson blew minds with his intense performance as Jerry Black. His colleague Stan Krolak is played by Aaron Eckhart. Actor Benicio Del Toro is cast as Toby, and Patricia Clarkson plays Ginny’s mother, Margaret. Jerry’s love interest Lori was played by Robin Wright.
And Pauline Roberts starred as Chrissy. For some of the viewers, the ending of the film was classic. It tells us that life doesn’t unfold as we expect it to. Also, it’s not always the hero who wins. What’s your take on it?