While out fishing one day Avery and his dog, Red, are approached by a group of teenage boys looking for trouble. Not finding any, Danny makes trouble by shooting Red and killing him. As Avery tries to do things the right way and have the boys punished it seems they only get worse for him at every turn. With a corrupt father, worthless law enforcement, and even the newspapers avoiding the story, it doesn’t appear Danny or his friends will ever be punished for what they did. Or will they?
Brian Cox (Avery), Noel Fisher (Danny), Tom Sizemore (Michael), Kyle Gallner (Harold), Shiloh Fernandez (Pete), Kim Dickens (Carrie).
This is another movie I hadn’t heard of and stumbled across. Not expecting much, I was completely surprised by this film as it was absolutely wonderful. Although not a very original plot, the story was told well enough to be quite refreshing. Being part drama part thriller there were a few slow spots but the quality of character development they provided paid off nicely with the emotional investment generated. If you have ever cheered when the bad guy got what he deserved you will know exactly what I mean. I was even impressed with the quality of drama in this film which I usually don’t enjoy. I found myself staying up late just to finish watching this movie, it was that good.
The performance by Cox in this movie was excellent, I really felt like I knew him before it was all over. Fisher also did a great job. Sizemore was a bit over the top but pulled it off pretty well.
Dialogue and sound were both nicely done and camera work was beautiful. Sets were very nicely done indicating a bigger budget film than I had expected. What little special effects were seen they were also well done.
There is a lot more psychology to this film than I have room to mention here so this is a good one for several audience types. Be patient for the first 15 minutes or so during character development and then things get interesting. This is a movie well worth watching.
There is some violence and language but what should probably keep the younger kids away is the violent death of a pet. Save this one for older teens and above.
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