MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 802 this week

Undertow (2004)

6.7
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.7/10 from 6,747 users   Metascore: 63/100
Reviews: 65 user | 72 critic | 30 from Metacritic.com

Following the death of his wife Audrey, John Munn moves with his two sons, mid-teen Chris Munn and adolescent Tim Munn, to a pig farm in rural Drees County, Georgia, where they lead a ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(story), (screenplay), 1 more credit »
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

$0.00 with Prime Instant Video

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb Picks: February

IMDb's editors share the movies and TV shows they are excited to see in February.

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 48 titles
created 06 Jun 2011
 
a list of 22 titles
created 23 Oct 2011
 
a list of 26 titles
created 04 Nov 2011
 
a list of 38 titles
created 04 Feb 2012
 
a list of 47 titles
created 18 Jan 2014
 

Related Items

Search for "Undertow" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Undertow (2004)

Undertow (2004) on IMDb 6.7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Undertow.
3 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Snow Angels I (2007)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A drama that interweaves the life of a teenager, with his old baby sitter, her estranged husband, and their daughter.

Director: David Gordon Green
Stars: Kate Beckinsale, Sam Rockwell, Michael Angarano
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A series of overlapping stories about four suburban families dealing with different maladies. Esther Gold's life is consumed by caring for her comatose son; Jim Train is sent into a ... See full summary »

Director: Rose Troche
Stars: Glenn Close, Dermot Mulroney, Mary Kay Place
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Small-town love story of a young man with a reputation for womanizing and his best friend's sister.

Director: David Gordon Green
Stars: Zooey Deschanel, Paul Schneider, Patricia Clarkson
Fierce People (2005)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A massage therapist looking to overcome her addictions and reconnect with her son, whose father is an anthropologist in South America studying the Yanomani people, moves in with a wealthy ex-client in New Jersey.

Director: Griffin Dunne
Stars: Diane Lane, Donald Sutherland, Anton Yelchin
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A group of children, in a depressed small town, band together to cover up a tragic mistake one summer.

Director: David Gordon Green
Stars: Candace Evanofski, Donald Holden, Damian Jewan Lee
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

A girl and her two friends raid a bank, looking for the money needed for financing the cure of her dying father.

Director: Bart Freundlich
Stars: Kristen Stewart, Sam Robards, Jennifer Beals
Drama | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

A family relocates from the city to a dilapidated house in the country that was once a grand estate. As they begin to renovate the place they discover their new home harbors secrets, conceals a horrific past, and may not be free of the former inhabitants completely.

Director: Mike Figgis
Stars: Dennis Quaid, Sharon Stone, Stephen Dorff
Undertow (2009)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

An unusual ghost story set on the Peruvian seaside; a married fisherman struggles to reconcile his devotion to his male lover within his town's rigid traditions.

Director: Javier Fuentes-León
Stars: Cristian Mercado, Tatiana Astengo, Manolo Cardona
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Two families are brought together by the return of one family's son -- a reunion that conjures up old ghosts and issues that must be addressed.

Director: Mary Stuart Masterson
Stars: Elizabeth Ashley, Jayce Bartok, Bruce Dern
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A road trip through Louisiana transforms three strangers who were originally brought together by their respective feelings of loneliness.

Director: Udayan Prasad
Stars: William Hurt, Maria Bello, Kristen Stewart
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

L.A. soft-porn writer Carter Webb is frustrated enough after his actress girlfriend dumps him to need a serious break. He decides to spend it with his grandmother, who can't really take ... See full summary »

Director: Jon Kasdan
Stars: Adam Brody, Kristen Stewart, Meg Ryan
Cutlass (2007)
Short | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

When Robin's daughter Lacy wants to buy an expensive guitar, Robin reminisces about the days when she was a teenager, asking her dad for her first car, an Olds Cutlass Supreme.

Director: Kate Hudson
Stars: Virginia Madsen, Dakota Fanning, Kristen Stewart
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
Bern
...
Officer Clayton
...
John Munn
...
Tim Munn
...
Deel Munn
...
Wadsworth Pela
...
Amica Pela
Charles 'Jester' Poston ...
Hard Hat Dandy
Mark Darby Robinson ...
Conway
...
Grant the Mechanic
...
Muriel the Cashier (as Leigh Hill)
Alfred M. Jackson ...
Dock Worker
William D. Turner ...
Dock Worker
Edit

Storyline

Following the death of his wife Audrey, John Munn moves with his two sons, mid-teen Chris Munn and adolescent Tim Munn, to a pig farm in rural Drees County, Georgia, where they lead a reclusive life. The boys' maternal grandparents no longer visit due to being out of sorts with John. Chris is rebelling against this life in ways where he is regularly picked up by the police. Because of Tim's young age and health issues, Chris is routinely asked by their father to do more than his fair share of work around the farm. Into their lives returns Deel Munn, John's brother who the two boys did not even know existed. John emotionally distanced himself from Deel following Audrey's death and Deel's incarceration, Deel who has just been released from prison. John, however, welcomes his brother in a effort to mend old wounds, and for the boys to get to know one of their few relations. They will all soon learn that Deel has ulterior motives for his visit, those motives emerging largely from those ... Written by Huggo

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

17 December 2004 (Greece)  »

Also Known As:

The Undertow  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$24,354 (USA) (22 October 2004)

Gross:

$24,947 (USA) (22 October 2010)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

| |

Color:

(one scene)|

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

After Jamie Bell hurt his foot during filming, David Gordon Green stood in for some of the shots of Chris running through the woods. See more »

Goofs

When the black woman they take refuge with is in the bedroom, she finds the contact details of the boys written on the inside flap of the backpack. Later when the boys run away because they find out their uncle is coming, they just run straight from where they were outside, with no detours to pick up the backpack. However, later, Tim is shown with the backpack. See more »

Quotes

Tim Munn: Got a hole in your foot.
Chris Munn: I know. It smells.
Tim Munn: Can I stick my finger in it? In the hole?
Chris Munn: No.
See more »

Crazy Credits

[at the start of the film] The following film was made with the assistance of the Drees County law enforcement agencies and the surviving family of John W. Munn. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Under the Undertow (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Choir Song for the Lord
Published by Roloff Evangelistic Enterprises
Performed by The Rebecca Trio
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Quirky and violent southern fairy tale
1 February 2005 | by (The land of the Bunyips) – See all my reviews

John (Dermot Mulroney) is a single father living in backwoods Georgia with his two sons, teenaged Chris (Jamie Bell) and younger Tim (Devon Alan). Their quiet and routine lives are disrupted with the arrival of Deel (Josh Lucas), John's estranged brother. They decide to try to work things out and become a family, but competitiveness gets the best of the two men, secrets are revealed, and this quickly leads to horrific violence. The two kids escape the situation only to find themselves being hunted across the state.

The opening credits have a 70s Dukes of Hazzard feel (ostensibly the filmmaker's way of letting us know in which decade this story is set, as the isolated existence of the family gives no indication) that includes random freeze-frames. This is an early clue that this movie is going to be a unique experience. The freeze-frames become distracting (and seemingly arbitrary) when they return later interspersed throughout the film, but they help to loosen up the exciting (but excruciating!) introduction. The cinematography throughout this film is absolutely gorgeous and makes rural Georgia appear to be some sort of poverty-stricken fantasy land.

The performances are excellent. Mulroney and Lucas, two typical supporting Hollywood heartthrobs that some might say are miscast, actually play well off of each other and are very believable as brothers. The child actors are phenomenal, which is important as the story belongs to these two boys who are suddenly faced with violence that changes their lives. The plot borders on a twisted fairytale--it even involves gold coins! This seems silly at times, but considering this movie is told through the perspective of two young boys, it is somehow fitting.

The movie is at times quirky and filled with charming weirdness. Tim, in particular, is a fascinating character that has some sort of eating disorder where his body rejects food but craves things like paint, mud, and worms. The supporting characters the boys meet on their journey are equally bizarre. Some scenes come across as ridiculous or absurd, but Undertow is a film that is rich in both symbolism and metaphor and it is necessary to look for the deeper meaning of such scenes.

Alternately charming and disturbing, Undertow is a powerful film about the horrors of betrayal and family violence, and the beauty of forgiveness. Highly recommended, but be warned that the violence is graphic and very difficult to watch.

My Rating: 8/10


21 of 30 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Ending... CrashT36
a rip off of 'the grave of the fireflies' nell-nell
did anyone else... Creedbeans
Underrated wr89
the nail busseydemay
The pig scene young-27
Discuss Undertow (2004) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?