CAST & CREW
A thriller movie directed by Michael Winterbottom, based on a novel produced in the year 1952 by Jim Thompson.
Casey Affleck, the protagonist, comes as a respectable deputy sheriff of a small town in Texas. But he is a person who has brutal fantasies. Ned Beatty, a construction site owner, and Tom Bower, the sheriff, requests Affleck to check on Beatty's son, Jay R. Ferguson, and his Jessica Alba, with whom Ferguson has an affair. When Affleck meets Alba, his desire comes out, and he makes love with Alba. To cover it, he commits more and more crime. Will he be able to come out of this problem? Will he overcome his mental illness?
The director delivers violence as an entertainment factor of this movie. He shows the brutality from Affleck's point of view. These moments send chills through the audience. He always tries different genres, and this time he tastes success. Though the direction and the narration were gripping, the characters did not make much emotional impact on us. The film fails to deliver the shock to the audience. STAR PERFORMANCE: Affleck's performance gives a spine-chilling feel from the start to the end. Though Jessica Alba and Kate Hudson come as Affleck's victims in a small role, their impact on the movie was powerful. All the artists gave their best and gave a soul to these characters.
The casting of the movie is a great advantage. WHAT'S NOT THERE? Winterbottom tries to maintain a normal neighborhood atmosphere throughout the movie. But the barbarity inside the protagonist gives us an unnatural feel. This movie makes ourselves feel uneasy at times, due to the explicit adult content present in the movie.
A stylish and classy attempt tested on a different genre.
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