Zac Efron, Dennis Quaid and Heather Graham star in this drama from acclaimed director Ramin Bahrani (Chop Shop, Goodbye Solo), about a rebellious son whose dreams of becoming a professional race-car driver are derailed when his father’s farming empire becomes the target of a high-stakes investigation.
Ramin Bahrani was born March 20, 1975 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina to Iranian parents. He received his BA from Columbia University in New York City. His first feature film, Man Push Cart (2005), premiered at the Venice Film Festival (2005) and screened at the Sundance Film Festival (2006). The film won over 10 international prizes, was released theatrically around the world, and was nominated for three Independent Spirit Awards.
Bahrani’s second film Chop Shop (2007) premiered at the 2007 Director’s Fortnight of the Cannes International Film Festival, and then screened at the Toronto International Film Festival (2007) and the Berlin International Film Festival (2008) before being released theatrically to wide and universal critical acclaim. Bahrani was awarded the prestigious 2007 Someone to Watch Independent Spirit Award. In 2008, he was nominated for Best Director Independent Spirit Award.
Goodbye Solo, Bahrani’s third feature film, premiered… read more
Like "Man Push Cart" this indicts mercenary selloutism but can't find the same exotic freshness in these heartland dreams. Bahrani's faces often seem more like Russian ikons than closeups; he's too savvy though to make any real waves with the corniness that makes this a sort of streamlined update of the big 50s family-melodramas/problem-films. At this level of professionalism, will he ever get back to "personal"?
Might as well prepare myself now. Dennis Quaid is going to get snubbed for the Oscar nom. You know it and I know it. Anyway, moving on. Another well crafted film from Bahrani. Check this out. Its damn near perfect. Now I know that Bahrani is not a careless filmmaker, so Im a little surprised (like others) at the lack of depth for Heather Grahams character. I intend to look into his thoughts on her character.