Based on the play by David Lindsay-Abaire, Rabbit Hole succeeds almost entirely because of the performances of Aaron Eckhart and Nicole Kidman. As parents of a child who was killed in an accident recently, they have to run the gamut of emotions through almost the entire film.
When the film begins, you are introduced to the couple. Judging by the lighthearted interaction between them, you aren’t really sure if this takes place before their child dies or not. The performances continue to be elusive throughout the first half of the film, and only gradually begin to venture into conflict as the couple struggles to find healing, both individually and together.
In a heartbreaking sub-plot, Nicole Kidman’s character confronts and befriends Jason, the teenager who was driving the car that killed her son. The guilt Jason carries with him is enormous, and in a striking bit of irony, she finds her own search for healing actually begins with helping him deal with his own guilt.
A fine bit of acting with a crisp script that engages viewers despite limited action. Recommended.