2.5 stars. Characters are somewhat stock Southern Gothic, with scant examination behind the evil that men do, apart from sense that these are men whose goodness has decayed through poverty & drink. Nic's performance as Joe signifies emotional depth without there being any indication of what this depth might entail, which is perfect since the authentic Joe is hidden behind a carefully constructed mask of masculinity.
This is the same film as Mud. Mud is a movie. And it's got Maconahizzy or however you spell it, and it's only slightly better than this. I think it even has the same actor. I don't know for sure though, and I'm not going to check. I also think they came out in the same year, but if they didn't they came out around the same time.
shrugging. that was the first thing i did when i finished it. the shrug of a person who can't shake off the feeling of losing time to a movie that doesn't do much to engage. slap some southern gothic cliches to make it dark and edgy and troubling with characters that seem to have been plucked out of an unsatisfying pulp novel.
★★★★ Bom saber que o Nic Cage ainda sabe representar. Mau saber que o sem-abrigo que foi escolhido para fazer o papel do pai do puto, não chegou a ver o seu EXCELENTE desempenho reconhecido. Foi encontrado morto, afogado num ribeiro, depois de mais uma bebedeira, 2 meses após o fim das filmagens.