Director: Lee Daniels
Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Nicole Kidman, John Cusack, Zac Efron, David Oyelowo, Macy Gray
Deep into the backwaters of steamy 1960s South Florida, Eldest son Ward Jansen is a star reporter for a Miami newspaper and has returned home with close friend Yardley to investigate a racial murder case. Ward Jansen and Yardley Acheman chase a sensational, career-making story. Younger brother Jack Jansen has returned home after a failed stint at university as a star swimmer. To help give his life some direction, Ward gives Jack a job on their investigation as their driver. With the help of Ward's younger brother Jack and sultry death-row groupie Charlotte Bless, the pair tries to prove violent swamp-dweller Hillary Van Wetter was framed for the murder of a corrupt local sheriff.
This movie was based on a true story. That did not help this movie at all. The story was interesting with a great cast and a great director, but what went wrong with the movie? The acting and editing killed this movie. With such a good solid cast you would think that it would have been a good movie, but no, the acting was too over the top at times. Those scenes just took you out of the movie where you didn't even care anymore.
I think that the whole movie was cast wrong. I know that they were playing characters that were out of their box, but seriously, it just didn't work. Nicole Kidman is getting too old to play a white trash whore. Could you even think about looking at Matthew McConaughey's character and believe that he was into BBC? It just was not believable to the audience. They never mentioned his love for BBC the rest of the movie. That is just odd. It was the 60's in the South, and no one raised an eye about him being gay. Whatever. Macy Gray was one of the best in the movie, but I just did not understand why she was also the narrator of the movie. Zac Efron cannot act very well. He goes by his looks alone.
This movie was a bit choppy and tried way too hard to push the boundaries a bit. It was just lazy and too much sometimes. This was a movie to watch once and that is enough. There are just too many problems in the movie. Most of the people that watched it, only did to see Zac Efron in white briefs too many times. I watched it so you don't have to.
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