This movie started out rather slow and never really picked up. I wouldn't say City By The Sea was a bad film, but it was certainly far from great. The movie evoked no real emotion from me (which is very rare) due to the fact that it was hard to place any real relation between the son and the 'estranged' father, about which the story pivots. All of the relationships in this movie were too disconnected and/or strained; to this end, the film as a whole just didn't tie together too well and too many things were left wide open at the end. I'm going to have to add this to the ever-growing list of slight disappointments this year (Insomnia, s1m0ne, etc).