I skipped this movie in theaters because, quite honestly, it did not sound very interesting. I liked the cast, but it wasn't really enough of a draw for me to pass up something else to see it. Low and behold, the movie got stellar reviews, and Michael Shannon's performance gained awards attention.
The movie actually ended up being far more interesting than I expected it to be. There was an intensity to the film, keeping it moving at a good pace. One thing that I liked is that the protagonist experiences the role of both the evictee and the realtor performing the eviction, as does the film. The film tries to portray the side of both the bank and the tenant fairly, which adds a layer of complexity to the film. The film also proved a philosophical look into the motives of the protagonist and his sense of what is just and fair.
Michael Shannon is obviously amazing. The same eeriness and intensity that he is known for shines through in this movie, quite fittingly if I can say so myself. It is a shame that he was not nominated for the Oscar for this film, as he deserved at least a nod. Andrew Garfield was also great, bringing emotion to his role, allowing you to sympathize with him easily.
So overall, I really regret skipping this one in theaters. It was really interesting and the moral of this story is to not judge a book by its cover. Check this one out as soon as you can.
Big Tuna's Rating: A
How Did I Watch It?: Redbox rental.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Yes.
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