“I got a foot on both sides of the fence. They were put there early, and they stayed put. I can’t move. I can’t jump. All I can do is wait until I split, right down the middle. ” – Lou Ford
Number of Times Seen – 1 (7 Feb 2017)
Brief Synopsis – In 1950’s Texas, a deputy sheriff hatches a scheme where he can extort money from a wealthy local rancher.
My Take on it – This is a film that I had never even heard of until I started looking into the past of current Best Actor Nominee Casey Affleck.
The premise seemed to be quite interesting, but unique, so I thought I’d give it a shot.
This is further proof as to how great an actor Affleck is because he is able to take a role and show us both the mild-mannered and diabolical side of the character with such ease.
The supporting cast also helps make things seem quite realistic and I especially enjoyed the performances by Kate Hudson, Jessica Alba, Ned Beatty, Elias Koteas, Bill Pullman (in a small role) and Simon Baker.
The do a great job trying to get into the head of someone who starts off on the right side of the law and then we see how he slowly pulls away from it all-the-while trying to use the law to protect himself.
Not an easy film to watch, yet well made none-the-less.
Bottom Line – Affleck is amazing here because he seems so mild-mannered, but once things start to move, you see how diabolical he can truly become. Great supporting cast helps keep things realistic and you never really know what will happen as things start to become more and more clear. Interesting look into the mind of a lawman who feels the pull to the wrong side of the law. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Andrew Dominik had written a highly stylized screenplay for the movie in 2003, and was at one point considered to direct it. Not long afterward in 2004, Dominik would accidentally stumble across an obscure western epic novel by Ron Hansen in an Australian bookstore, which he later adapted as The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007). (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy
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This was underrated hidden gem. Glad you liked it too. Challenging and hard to watch at times, the narrative, character study, and performance make it worth the effort. This could be a cult classic eventually.