Very underwhelming


WAYYYYY too slow moving, but even worse the drama simply never got that intense. There simply was sooooooooo much more they could have done with this story. The tension was nearly nonexistent, no suspense, the big moments came and quickly went without upping the ante too much.

Even on the dialog front nothing seemed to happen. We get NO further development after the funeral scene about the 3 brother's relationship with their father. We get no development at all about the relationship with the mother. We know the father drank a lot, abandoned them, and the mother raised them to hate the new family. That's it. Sorta flimsy.

It's a movie with absolutely no payoffs on any front.

I can appreciate a movie featuring incredibly understated elements, but not when those elements fail to come together to deliver something powerful or engrossing.

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I thought it was an interesting movie in the sense that they didn't actually get revenge, and that it was realistic as sometimes in life things happen and you want to kill a certain person, but you don't actually do it.

For example my best friends brother got killed by a hit and run driver, the guy we knew from a town over got off easy, and we wanted to go kill him, and talked about doing it multiple times, but it just never happened.

I understand the path the movie took, and respect it, but that doesn't make it a better movie either. Michael Shannon is such a great actor that him in a revenge scene would/could have been amazing even if he died in the end. So on that front I felt the movie fell short, you expect revenge, and instead just get the fact that they went on living their life the best they could. Sometimes you just have to count your losses.

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You missed the point of the film OP.

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How did I miss the point?

Explain to me what this mysterious "point" was then.

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The film is about the subtlety of what the past makes of the present and future. It's not trying to be intense or outrageous, but rather trying to present the themes in a way that make them managable. The cycle of violence was of course always going to hit Son, Kid and Boy, as they let the hatred of their upbringing, parents, place, etc. decide what will happen in their lives. The ending is absolutely brilliant because in it's simplicity, the remainder of men and children alive make a simple choice to be better people - to let go of that hatred. This was one of the most truthful films I've ever seen.

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Never asked for anything outrageous. And I acknowledged that i realize the director was taking an incredibly understated, subtle approach to the story. All i'm saying is it didn't pay off for me.

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linke60^

Bravo :)

I couldn't agree more ~














"I'm here because I believe in a free Narnia."

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I agree with the OP. I loved Mud and Take Shelter was sorta OK but Jeff Nichols produced a stinker with this one. I was bored out of my mind except for a minute or 2 here and there.

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