Mud (Jeff Nichols, 2012)

May 9, 2013


Jeff Nichols’ strong follow-up to 2011’s Take Shelter is another examination of male conflict; this time in the form of a coming-of-age adventure tale. Ellis (Sheridan) and Neckbone (Lofland) are two Arkansas teens drawn to a tiny deserted island where – thanks to a flood – a boat rests high up in a tree. There they discover a leisurely fugitive named Mud (McConaughey), who’s waiting to meet his girlfriend (Witherspoon) for whom he has killed to protect. Lured by and ultimately idolising the man’s seemingly romantic ideals, the two boys become accomplices to Mud’s plans, which involve evading a vengeful family and its hired posse…

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