Sunday, February 10, 2013
The Paperboy by Lee Daniels, 2012 (R)
with Matthew McConaughey, Zac Efron (17 again, Charlie St. Cloud), David Oyelowo (Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Lincoln), Macy Gray, John Cusack, Nicole Kidman (Eyes Wide Shut, Margot At The Wedding, Rabbit Hole)
From the director of Precious
duration: 107 minutes
Convinced by a death row inmate's female pen pal that the convict is innocent, a reporter and his brother investigate and discover a case marred by deceit, seduction and betrayal. Meanwhile, one brother falls for the convict's mysterious confidant.
This movie is full of sweat, discomfort, anger, racism, nasty and lost people, on a journey for themselves, digging to the dept of darkness. It is quite stylized, so you would feel as much as possible the layer of nature going against humans. There is also a lot of sexuality refrained, testosterone putting all the men on the edge. If those layers were taken out, it would probably become an ordinary movie about crime. The performances are really intense, John Cusack makes the perfect mad and repulsive convict, Nicole Kidman is of a vulgarity I would never had imagined she was capable of, still with a sensitivity that is fascinating. I guess the movie is not for the taste of everybody, and is absolutely unpleasant to watch (except perhaps the parts where Zac Efron showcases his amazing body), but it definitely makes points. Not an ordinary American movie.