David Gordon Green’s Texas- set drama Joe premiered at the Venice Film Festival 2013 to really good reviews.
Nearly all of them singled out Nicolas Cage’s performance which is said to be among the actor’s best. Add to this already high praise the fact that the Academy Award winner sports what has to be called a beard for the ages and you’ve got yourself a must-see movie - at least in my Nicolas Cage memes-stuffed book.
Before you watch the trailer, however, a little remark: Although the cheeky trailer tries to tell you that Joe is an action-packed crime thriller, this is most probably not the case. Having read Larry Brown’s eponymous novel, on which the film is based, I am pretty sure what awaits you is a mood-drenched, stark drama with crime elements here and there. I hope you're still interested:
Here's the official synopsis:
In the dirty unruly world of small-town Texas, ex-convict Joe Ransom has tried to put his dark past behind him and to live a simple life. He works for a lumber company by day, drinks by night. But when 15-year-old Gary – a kid trying to support his family – comes to town, desperate for work, Joe has found a way to atone for his sins – to finally be someone’s hero. As Joe tries to protect Gary, the pair will take the twisting road to redemption in the hope for a better life in this tough, hard-hitting but incredibly moving story.
Open Road movies will distribute Joe in the US on a yet to be announced date.
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