Double crosses, adultery, murder, mistaken identity, and revenge ensue when a mysterious power player and his sultry wife hire a disgraced Los Angeles property broker to discreetly market and sell their Malibu villa.
While transporting a dying man to the hospital, two paramedics find a million dollars in cash sewn into his clothing. When the man dies, they decide to keep it, setting them on a path for a hellish night of violence and mayhem.
Tom Everett Scott,
Thirty years after they served together in Vietnam, a former Navy Corpsman Larry "Doc" Shepherd re-unites with his old buddies, former Marines Sal Nealon and Reverend Richard Mueller, to bury his son, a young Marine killed in the Iraq War.
The film follows fifteen-year-old Charley Thompson. He wants a home, food on the table and a high school he can attend for more than part of the year. As the son of a single father working in warehouses across the Pacific Northwest, stability is hard to find. Hoping for a new start they move to Portland, Oregon where Charley takes a summer job, with a washed-up horse trainer, and befriends a failing racehorse named Lean on Pete.
-It was screened in the main competition section of the 74th Venice International Film Festival, where it won the Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best Young Actor or Actress by Charlie Plummer. See more »
Modern flat screen televisions are shown in at least 2 scenes, yet the film seems to be set in the 1990s, with old cell phones, pay phone, information operators, and older vehicles. See more »
Powerful and moving coming of age / contemporary western
Can't add much to the comprehensive and excellent reviews here but things I enjoyed about this movie were:
Charlie Plummer holds the entire film and conveys a vulnerability, naivete which carries you along throughout. I genuinely had no idea where the movie was going and was enthralled throughout the two hour run time. This young man has serious star quality, he conveys a range of complex emotions through facial expressions, body language that pulls you in to his interior world and has you empathising with him. If you're at all sensitive to films, you'll likely need some kleenex while you're watching.
I loved the setting, the pacific north west, American rural underclass. People are shaped by their environment, the film is humane and non judgemental towards people whose character, whose choices and opportunities in life are determined and constrained by their circumstances. This is a movie for all those who've been left behind, forgotten about.
There's no incidental music, for me the sign of a superb film. I don't need an intrusive, corny music score coming in at crucial moments to remind me what to think and feel.
Like I say, can't add much to what's already said but I thoroughly enjoyed this amazing film, a piece of quality drama.
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