Her family home in danger of being repossessed after her dad skips bail and disappears, Ozark teen Ree Dolly (Jennifer Lawrence) breaks the local code of conduct by confronting her kin about their conspiracy of silence. Should she fail to track her father down, Ree Dolly, her younger siblings, and their disabled mother will soon be rendered homeless.
This is a film that I have heard a lot about but also next to nothing. Every major film fan cites this as when Lawrence became a star. John Campea, of AMC Movie Talk, constantly raves about Jennifer Lawrence's performance in this movie. I have only heard good things about her, but I really didn't know the plot, and basically none of the other actors involved. After viewing I can say John Hawkes should be considered as good as Lawrence's. They both received Oscar nominations, and deservedly so. Lawrence is good in everything, but her performance here is so different compared to Hunger Games and the David O Russell movies. Its a strictly dramatic role, in which you see Ree (Lawrence) doing whatever she can to protect and provide for her family. As you watch, you begin to wonder what exactly did her father do to get them into this mess. You don't get much resolution to that, but that's okay, because of the intensity behind one of the late scenes, you really don't want to know. Its worth noting, how beautifully shot this movie was. As I believe it was shot entirely on location. Reminded me a lot of 'Out of the Furnace', with a similar grim tone and depressing feel. Overall its riveting, and deserves attention specifically for the performances. 7.2/10
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