Walking into Mass, I had no idea that it would have the impact it did. Written and directed by Fran Kranz, the film is perfectly cast, offering an emotional and compelling script with sharp editing and direction. With such a beautifully written script and talent that includes Ann Dowd, Jason Isaacs, Martha Plimpton, and Reed Birney, it makes this directorial debut one of my favorite films thus far in 2021. While it may not have huge effects, massive set pieces, and that blockbuster feel, it makes up for it with heart and soul. Mass is a moving feature about a serious subject, one that Kranz impressively takes on without becoming overtly political. It’s a human story and one that I highly recommend. You can read my review here.
We recently had the fantastic opportunity to chat with Ann Dowd, Reed Birney, and Jason Isaacs. To say it was a pleasure would be an understatement. For Jason, he opened up about working with his co-stars and how Ms. Dowd helped connect them with a very personal story early on in production. Next up, both Reed and Ann discussed working opposite each other and how much Mr. Kranz helped make such a thought-provoking film. And I can honestly say that I’ve become an even bigger fan of this cast after the tremendous work they all put in to make it work so well. It’s especially thrilling to see four actors completely capture the heartbreaking reality explored here. I would love to see the Academy recognize these four talented folks. And frankly, Ann Dowd will very likely find herself nominated for her stunning take on a mother dealing with such a horrific situation. Mass is terrific. And yes, I highly recommend you seek this film out. Mass is now playing in select theaters nationwide.
Jason Isaacs Interview:
Ann Dowd and Reed Birney Interview: