Intermittently entertaining but extremely uneven, the Irish immigration epic FAR AND AWAY plays like a theme park attraction: viscerally exciting but detached, impersonal and dull. Tom Cruise stars as Joseph Donelly, a tenant farmer in Ireland circa 1892 who starts off determined to settle
a score with Stephen (Thomas Gibson), the ruthless landlord's agent who caused his father's death. Instead, he gets sidetracked by the landowner's lovely daughter, Shannon Christie (Nicole Kidman), who abruptly, and illogically, sweeps Joseph away to accompany her to America, where she intends to
pick up land of her own in the Oklahoma Land Rush.
FAR AND AWAY may very well be...