Affecting. It meanders and wears its heart on its sleeve, much as the coveted "Deer Hunter" did; Cooper is clearly riffing on Cimino. It's also got that film's desaturated, blue-collar charisma and a cast of a-listers sinking comfortably into roles practically written for them. Structural confidence is lacking, but if a grim, recession-charged crime thriller is your jam (it is, or it isn't), you'll really dig it.
What is the furnace: The Iraq War Trauma? The closing Mill? The dead-end Bush Administration Policy? The violence in prison? The grief over the lost love? The lack of future; hopelessness? All of it? Too many ambitions... Unfortunately, at the end, it lacks the gravitas to carry off any of them properly. And, at a certain point, the movie turns out way too predictable & jejune. Disappointing. Wasted potential.
Completely baffled by the average ratings this is getting. It's an exceptionally beautiful, moving, and genuine film that reminded me of gems from the 70s when real actors were more or less the norm - does no one realise how incredible the cast here is? The whole film is one long 'Oscar moment'; had there been one demarcated scene screaming "watch that performance!", I'm sure people would have been all over it.
Buon film di Cooper,che non raggiunge i livelli di "crazy hearts",ma conferma di girare in modo solido e con cornici e sottofondi sempre azzeccati.Mi è piaciuto molto il montaggio alternato tra la scena di caccia e la scena di combattimento,mentre il finale è abbastanza sbrigativo e ridondante.Comunque una buona conferma. Harryson grandioso.