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A suicidal artist goes into the desert, where he finds his doppelgänger, a homicidal drifter.

Release Year: 2015

Rating: 5.5/10 (522 voted)

Critic's Score: 43/100

Director: William Monahan

Stars: Oscar Isaac, Garrett Hedlund, Walton Goggins

A suicidal artist goes into the desert, where he finds his doppelgänger, a homicidal drifter.

Oscar Isaac - Jack
Walton Goggins - Jim
Mark Wahlberg - Norman
Garrett Hedlund - Thomas
Dania Ramirez - Detective Beaumont
Matt Jones - Louis
Kylie Rogers - Sophie
Fran Kranz - Bob
Christopher Neiman - Bald Producer
Louise Bourgoin - Milly
Hayley Magnus - Mary
Maria Olsen - Meth Woman
Anna Margaret Hollyman - Estate Lawyer
Karen E. Wright - Mrs. Seater
Del Zamora - Indian Manager

Country: USA

Language: English

Release Date: 3 December 2015

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User Review


Rating: 5/10

Something that looks like a 'film', specifically this term and the aesthetic to which it implies, I feel has come to be expected of contemporary dramas/character studies. Mojave knows it. It looks to tick a lot of these archetypal boxes: jaded, frustrated characters, blatant motifs (the temptation of Christ?), a redemptive narrative, an undertone of despair that never loosens up until the end of the last arc. Yes with all these elements motivating it's narrative, the movie never achieves a sense of coherency; it's Hitchcockian one moment with it's intermittent key score, and then Fincher-esque the next with it's sweeping pans and use of negative space in shots. It's an actor's playground that, as charming and talented as all the individuals are, doesn't leave a lot for the audience to soak in, unless you really, really like angry, shout-y Mark Wahlberg, who is playing quite possibly the closest characterisation to his real life personality in this role. I never fully understood the goal of the protagonist... I guess it had something to do with doing the right thing and his daughter? Too much Tyler Durton syndrome in concepts like these I feel.


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