A small town loner and a rebellious punk rocker unexpectedly fall in love as they are forced on the run and soon discover violence follows them everywhere.A small town loner and a rebellious punk rocker unexpectedly fall in love as they are forced on the run and soon discover violence follows them everywhere.A small town loner and a rebellious punk rocker unexpectedly fall in love as they are forced on the run and soon discover violence follows them everywhere.
The main characters' "meet cute" moment was a typical guy saves girl scenario where the guy is suddenly so inclined to offer the girl sanctuary from whatever it is that ails her. We find out more about her and you kind of realize pretty quickly how the two are going to be connected. Emile Hirsch and Zoe Kravitz are great actors on their own, but together they don't seem to mesh. Their relationship was not really believable and they don't seem to even see each other in their scenes.
I thought maybe I'd missed something, because the plot felt so weak, but no, it really was just kind of a weak plot -- as if the writer/ director were like "ok we'll come back to this part and beef it up and make it better" -- but then they never really went back. The characters didn't really develop or change in any way; they were static and flat. I feel like Emory Cohen's character was supposed to be a comic relief, and while I think he is a great actor (the OA, Brooklyn) here, he was mostly just a token, and his girlfriend was a throwaway. Maybe you're supposed to care about them, maybe a little bit? But you don't.
The real action seems to come up out of nowhere, which I suppose can be true of life because sometimes everything just blows up when you don't expect it...but it doesn't really work well here. Remember when I said the plot was weak and I felt like someone said they'd go back later to beef it up? I think they threw all the beef into the stew that is the finale. These scenes are pretty brutal and violent, and it's like where did this come from?? (Ron Burgundy is coming to mind ...that escalated quickly...)
I'm not going to tell you how to live your life, so watch it if you want. It filled an hour and 40 minutes of my life, and will do the same for you. Don't expect anything great but also don't expect anything colossally terrible. This movie is basically your local grocery store's generic brand version of Drive.
- Sep 13, 2017