Saturday, September 4, 2010

Movie Review: "Winter's Bone"

5. "Winter's Bone" is set in poorest encampments of Missouri's Ozark mountains, but it may be set in Afghanistan for this is not the America most audiences know.

4. This is a bleak, washed-out and chilly encampment on the very furthest fringes of civilization with it's own language and law.

3. Ree (Jennifer Lawrence), the 17-year-old caretaker to her addled mother and two younger siblings, learns her father put the family's shanty up as collateral for his bail on methamphetamine cooking charges and the sheriff informs her that daddy is missing and foreclosure is imminent by the bail bond company.

2. Ree searches for her father and seeks the aid from his meth-making and dealing cohorts, who are also her uncles, aunts and cousins, and faces a familial Catch-22 -- does she surrender her home and watch her family split apart or risk her own death to find her father?

1. "Bone" leaves the viewer with a bone-deep chill that reminds us there are reasons we don't wander into the hills unattended nor ask too many questions of strangers and also provides one of the most compelling watches of 2010.
"Winter's Bone"
Run time: 1 hour, 40 min‎‎utes
Rated R‎‎
Director: Debra Granik
Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, John Hawkes, Lauren Sweetser, Kevin Breznahan, Isaiah Stone
Finney's Flicks Grade: A+

1 comment:

  1. Good review, Finney! I liked this movie a lot--I think it's a very chilling tale, and I like that it was directed by a female director, since there are very few of those in Hollywood. Did you see Frozen River?


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