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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Mud by Jeff Nichols, 2012 (PG-13)

with Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club, Magic Mike, The Paperboy) Tye Sheridan (The Tree of Life), Jacob Loflan, Reese Witherspoon (This Means War), Sarah Paulson (Game Change), Ray McKinnon (Take Shelter), Sam Shepard (Fair Game), Michael Shannon (Take Shelter), Paul Sparks, Joe Don Baker, Johnny Cheek, Bonnie Sturdivant, Stuart Greer, Clayton Carson Pryor
from the director of Take Shelter

Mud is an adventure about two boys, Ellis and his friend Neckbone, who find a man named Mud hiding out on an island in the Mississippi. Mud describes fantastic scenarios-he killed a man in Texas and vengeful bounty hunters are coming to get him. He says he is planning to meet and escape with the love of his life, Juniper, who is waiting for him in town. Skeptical but intrigued, Ellis and Neckbone agree to help him. It isn't long until Mud's visions come true and their small town is besieged by a beautiful girl with a line of bounty hunters in tow.

McConaughey is playing on the edge, again, after Magic Mike and even closer to the mood of The Paperboy. Somehow tho, he doesn't get to have the main role, Mud is someone just because those two kids decide to give him credits and help him. Ellis (Tye Sheridan) is a fascinating boy entering adolescence with bright ideas about justice, love and innocence. Tye Sheridan plays him to the perfection. That kid will go far, I hope. Anyway, the movie is slow, dark, somehow fascinating because it belongs to a world that is our own, but for most of us, completely foreign, with a profound realism.

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