ByAaron Gillingham, writer at
I'm a film reviewer who also has a keen eye for filmmaking

This small film which you may not have heard of is the directorial debut of John Maclean and stars Micheal Fasbender, Kodi Smit-McPhee and Ben Mendelsohn. The film follows a Scottish boy called Jay (Smit-McPhee) as he heads west across America to find his lover. He later joins forces with Silas (Fassbender) who agrees to help the kid but for other reasons unknown to him.

This film was a surprising delight that was both interesting to watch and enjoyable. Even though the film is quite slowly paced, it's the intriguing dialogue and breathtaking visuals that move the story along perfectly. The quiet moments along with occasional outbursts of violence and humor really elevate the film to a new level, it feels very Coen brothers-esque without being an exact copy.

The unlikely partnership that forms between Jay and Silas is cemented heavily due to them being the polar-opposite of each other, Silas is a brutal killer who gets the job done whereas Jay is peaceful kid who admires his surroundings. This makes for some great scenes between them and a friendship that feels believable.

The film leads up to a finale that is very suspenseful and quite sentimental, it is handled perfectly.

Some people may have an issue with its slow pacing but i think it works just fine. It's a film that has to take its time rather than rushing straight into the action which is why i think it is a special film and one of the years best.


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