#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – Sadism and masochism beneath a veneer of revenge. Lou Ford is a mild-mannered sheriff’s deputy in a Texas oil town in the mid 1950’s. His boss sends him to roust a prostitute living in a rural house. She slaps him; he hits her, then, after daily sex for the next few weeks, he decides it’s love. She’s devoted to him and becomes his pawn in a revenge plot she thinks is to shakedown the son of Chester Conway, the town’s wealthy king of construction. Lou has a different plan, and bodies pile up as murder leads to murder. The district attorney suspects Lou, and Conway may have an inkling, but Lou stays cool. Is love, or at least peace, in the cards?
Plot: Deputy Sheriff Lou Ford is a pillar of the community in his small west Texas town, patient and apparently thoughtful. Some people think he is a little slow and maybe boring, but that is the worst they say about him. But then nobody knows about what Lou calls his “sickness”: He is a brilliant, but disturbed sociopathic sadist.
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I wish John Dahl had directed this film.
A director can make or break a film, we all know that, but I would argue that film noir is the one genre where the director is most vital to the success of the film. I say that because it is most often a film that can work as style over substance and when it works that style is brilliant. For me John Dahl and the Coen Brothers are the best living noir directors. Blood Simple, Kill Me Again, Red Rock West, are all modern noir works of genius. This film not so much. The sound editor should never work in film again. Mumbled lines were often made harder to hear by overly loud country western swing background music. The sound was a true mess. As far as the acting, it was uniformly strong. Casey Affleck and Elias Koteas shine above a still very solid and talented cast, but I just didn’t believe any of what transpired. I think a more competent director would have overcome that problem. I know that Winterbottom was trying to juxtapose the clean cut innocent exterior of the Affleck character with the sociopathic interior, but he overdoes it. It is not an easy film to watch, and if you don’t cringe at some of the goings on, I hope we never cross paths in a dark alley.
Better than “Brick” but worse than any other film noir that I can remember having seen and I have seen a lot of them. Probably my favorite genre.
far from perfect, but watchable
First off, this is a film that is made with a lot of artistry, if little heart. It doesn’t bore, the directing is efficient, and it has an interesting premise: a sheriff who is also a serial killer.It’s shot in an arresting style, all headlights emerging from a dusty road, and people sitting alone at diners as in an Edward Hopper painting. So that’s 4 good things. However the lack of suspense does get to you after a while; if you establish that the protagonist is a monster from the get-go, you are not going to get a lot of ambiguity, and therefore no tension. Towards the end you are sort of just waiting for more violence to break out, which is inevitable.
Ah yes, the violence. On this I differ from a large majority of the public, who seem to find it terribly gratuitous. I thought it is shocking, but that it is not entirely a bad thing. Yes, the scene of Jessica Alba being beaten to pulp will disturb, but then again i thought it was crucial to the story as well. What I do object to is the lack of conviction in the tone. As a serious study of a disturbed human being, it doesn’t quite go far enough. David Lynch has definitely gone further. As something in the noir tradition, it falls short, capturing the style but not the world-weariness and the intrigue. (in fact, teenage noir Brick succeeds more on this level than The Killer inside me) And as a black comedy (whenever something terrible happens the banjos will kick in to give the film a perverse comic twist) again it doesn’t go far enough (the Coen brothers are much better at this sort of thing, ultra violence shot through with humour). The last shot in which everything goes up in flames is almost laughable, but not in the right way.
That said, this is an accomplished effort from a director who clearly knows his material well, and Casey Affleck gives an effortless performance as Lou Ford. And I like the often seamless segue from sex to violence and back to tender embrace; it illustrates perfectly the dynamics of S/M, if nothing else.
One funny thing is the audience reaction. I saw this at the Hong Kong film festival, amongst a mostly appreciative audience. Nobody booed; in fact, there were lots of clapping. Distributors take note: this film might have a lot more prospects in Asia than in Europe/U.S.A., where violence on the screen is in fact quite common and quite widely tolerated. There were lots of laughing ; I think a lot of people felt that they were watching some sort of black comedy. Just an interesting cultural observation, as I have heard that the film produced very negative reactions at both Sundance and the Berlinale.
So, in conclusion, definitely not everyone’s cup of tea, but well worth a look if only to see how a twisted mind works. It’s a good portrait of a disturbed man, even if the story is, ultimately, inferior to the character.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 49 min (109 min)
Genre Crime, Drama, Thriller
Director Michael Winterbottom
Writer John Curran, Jim Thompson (novel)
Actors Casey Affleck, Kate Hudson, Jessica Alba, Ned Beatty
Country UK, Sweden, Canada, USA
Awards 2 wins & 5 nominations.
Production Company Stone Canyon, Revolution, Muse Productions
Sound Mix Dolby Digital
Aspect Ratio 2.35 : 1
Camera Arricam LT, Zeiss Ultra Prime and Angenieux Optimo Lenses, Arricam ST, Zeiss Ultra Prime and Angenieux Optimo Lenses
Laboratory Technicolor, Los Angeles (CA), USA
Film Length 3,040 m (2010) (Finland)
Negative Format 35 mm (Fuji Super F-64D 8522, Eterna 250D 8563, Eterna 500T 8573)
Cinematographic Process Digital Intermediate (2K) (master format), Super 35 (3-perf) (source format)
Printed Film Format 35 mm (anamorphic) (Kodak Vision 2383, Fuji Eterna-CP 3513DI)