The film philosophical approach at redemption. The protagonist Manual Jordan has gotten parole from a life sentence for the murder of Abner Easley, and returns to the city he lived in to ... See full summary »
Billy Bob Thornton,
The movie is a coming-of-age drama about a boy growing up in Astoria, N.Y., during the 1980s. As his friends end up dead, on drugs or in prison, he comes to believe he has been saved from their fate by various so-called saints.
Robert Downey Jr.,
While not everyone appreciates the magic of making a feature film that maintains pure conviction, it is rare to see it done so effortlessly. McKinnon allows his exceptional cast to be just that. Thornton's tortured hero seems completely tangible. Blaunt's portrayal of an emotionally traumatized mother is multi-layered and sublime. Powerful supporting turns from McKinnon himself and a bearded Walt Goggins add just the right levity to carry you through this emotional trek. Some might say the film is slow, but it moves rapidly beneath the surface to grip you and reveal a slice of southern life that is all at once haunting and humanizing. McKinnon's understated direction, coupled with Kimmel's gorgeously simple cinematography create almost a still life effect that fits the piece eloquently. The authentic Ozark Mountain music sets the ideal tone. I saw this film over 6 weeks ago and I can still remember what it felt like to experience it. If you dig raw storytelling, then avail yourself to this finely crafted tale.
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