Nicolas Cage in what looks like a role that might put him back in form, after so many mediocre movies; Tye Sheridan, one of those two kids who was so very good in Mud, a little older now, this time in a near-starring role; and director David Gordon Green, going back to his roots (Undertow) to bring us another piece of Southern Gothic pie. The film starts off well, too. Everything seems in place for one hell of a ride: two heroes (one young, the other growing old), villains (two again: the fucked-up father of all time and a scarface creep with anger management problems), and the despoiled countryside where our boys make their living destroying the environment. What a world!
Ronnie Gene Blevins (shown above, left). who certainly gives it his all and who keeps appearing from out of nowhere, time and again, just long enough to do something loud and nasty before disappearing again for a spell. It's all so convenient -- and annoying. (The screenplay is by Gary Hawkins, adapted from the novel by Larry Brown.)
Gary Poulter, below, whom the filmmaker, known for his casting of locals, found homeless on the street. Poulter is dynamite; his performance is the single strongest thing in the film, and it will be his only one, as the fellow died on the Texas streets only weeks after filming had concluded.
Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions and running a lengthy 117 minutes, will open this Friday, April 11, here in New York City at the AMC Empure 25, the Angelika Film Center, the Lincoln Plaza Cinema and the Brooklyn Heights Cinema, and on VOD and iTunes. To learn if the film is playing anywhere near you, click here, enter your zip code and click on GET TICKETS AND SHOWTIMES.