The Pledge
2001
*****
Director: Sean Penn
Cast: Jack Nicholson, Robin Wright-Penn, Benicio Del Toro, Vanessa Redgrave

A retiring detective makes a pledge to the parents of a murdered girl; he will find the killer. Sean Penn’s film is a slow-paced but absolutely haunting portrayal of a man who will do anything to keep his word. Jack Nicholson gives one of his best and most controlled performances in the lead. Based on Friedrich Dürrenmatt’s novel.