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571 Ratings


Directed by David Gordon Green
United States, 2004
Drama, Thriller


A dramatic thriller about the disrupted life of one family, set in a contemporary South untouched by time. The lives of two young brothers in rural Georgia are torn by the arrival of their greedy, violent uncle. After a tragic event, the brothers run away from home with their uncle in pursuit.

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Undertow Directed by David Gordon Green

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  • Axel's rating of the film Undertow

    Le Mississippi des 70’s avec ses Ford Torino et ses shérifs dans un thriller-road-movie : on s’y croirait. Tous les détails, les gouttes de sueur, les volutes de fumée, évoquent l’angoisse et les non-dits des rapports familiaux. Le contraste entre le grand-frère protecteur et le petit-frère faiblard peut sembler simpliste, mais l’alchimie est là et montre que le schéma de Caïn et Abel ne se reproduit pas toujours.

  • Justin Crowe's rating of the film Undertow

    I haven't seen much of this director's later work aside from Pineapple Express but instead of making raunchy comedies he should return to something like this.

  • Harry Rossi's rating of the film Undertow

    Almost feels like a horrific fairy tale! As many have pointed out before me this film comes off as a mixture of Night of the Hunter and Terrence Malick, however the end result isn't as great as either of those two things. Still it's pretty damn good. I love the Southern Gothic elements to it (it's one of my favorite sub-genres) and the imagery is great. Not my favorite Green film but perhaps his most exciting!

  • meancreek's rating of the film Undertow

    Really powerful and heart-warming movie. DGG does fantastic things with the story and the result is a perfectly executed and performed story about tragedy and emotions. Each of the characters are written with great depth, and the ending is a real mover. Stunning film, Jamie Bell is superb.

  • IndyLIVE's rating of the film Undertow

    A gorgeous film. As others have pointed out, it has much in common with Night of the Hunter, and has touches of Malick to it, but there is something else to it as well. Something unique. Director David Gordon Green only has a few films to his name but he is proving himself to be a voice that must be heard. This is a film that should be examined more. Nobody seems to have gotten a full grip on his style yet.

  • Phil Worfel's rating of the film Undertow

    A tight little thriller. A wonderfully crafted sweltering environment and beautiful cinematography.

  • Dave's rating of the film Undertow

    The influences others mentioned are obvious - Malick, who co-produced the film, and Night of the Hunter. The ambiance is what sticks out most. I wouldn't call it a great film, but it's one that develops enough of a mood to keep you interested in the well-worn plot.

  • harringtonellie's rating of the film Undertow

    David Gordon Green, if your intention was to manipulate my emotions in a way that was both enjoyable and terrifying for me, then well done! Subtle, yet completely captivating. Green uses the enduring love of two brothers to gain our trust and then drops them into a world of torment. I dare you to not empathise. As Holly Hunter's character O'Reilly states in 'A Life Less Ordinary' "Jeopardy, Jackson, always works!"