From the writer/director of the Oscar winning “Crazy Heart”, Scott Cooper examines a different part of the country – one that feels like there’s no way out. Christian Bale and Casey Affleck are close brothers in a small, dying
Both brothers end up in a downward spiral. This is one bleak, bleak feel-bad film. From the shocking opening moments with Woody Harrelson’s sinister, sociopathic behavior, you know this one’s going down a dark path. Harrelson is terrifying as the meanest dude you’ll see on film all year. Amazing performance!! The top-notch cast is rounded out by Forrest Whitaker, as the sheriff and Sam Shepard as the brothers’ uncle.
Cooper definitely makes a statement here: both about hopeless dying small towns and how we treat our returning over-serving vets. Sound reminiscent of “The Deer Hunter” back in ’78???!! Yes- there are similarities. You’ll need a stiff drink after but while nursing it, no doubt you’ll be talking about the strong performances. Oh- one final memo to writer/director Scott Cooper: your diss of