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Sunday, April 3, 2011
This is one of those movies that I found myself respecting more than enjoying. I could easily see how somebody might like this film, although it certainly wasn't for me. It was an interesting (albeit bleak) look at the culture of the Ozarks that very few films have portrayed, featuring some outstanding work by some of my favorite character actors, including the Oscar-nominated John Hawkes (who has never been less than Oscar-worthy in everything I've seen him in, excluding perhaps his less than outstanding role on Lost) and the criminally underrated Garret Dillahunt. The least actress was also very good (and also nominated for an Oscar), although she was perhaps too stunningly beautiful to be all that believable as a redneck living in the Ozarks, especially in comparison to how every other character in the film looked like they were kicked off the set of Deliverance for being too freaky looking.
But, all in all, it was just a huge bore. The story didn't interest me, and even with such talented actors, I never cared at all for any of the characters, most of whom were so distasteful that I didn't even watch to watch them at all. So check it out and see if it is for you, since it was well done and interesting, but I sure didn't care for it.