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It was BEAUTIFULLY filmed. Cinematography captured the essence of the outdoor scenes. I could almost smell the marshes and feel the humid breeze.
I would recommend this movie. It definitely was not boring. Yet, it was not so heart wrenching that I couldn't sleep later. All in all, a very enjoyable use of my Sunday afternoon.
The film, based on true events, focuses on the true story of Ward Allen, a highly educated man who turned his back on conventional life - and his inheritance - to live freely on the Savannah River, hunting ducks and avoiding many of the "rules" of so-called polite society. He is accompanied by his long time friend, Christmas Moultrie (Chiwetel Ejiofor).
Ward isn't afraid to offend those who try to get in his way, from government officials to the elite who think that duck hunting is a light diversion.His honest and open manner attracts the attention of a society woman, Lucy (Jaimie Alexander). She is equally out-spoken, somewhat impetuous, and willing to take risks. .
There were many sweet and charming moments in this film. But I have to admit it didn't wholly engage me. While Sam Shepard was in fine form, Caviezel didn't seem convincing as Ward Allen. I also didn't buy the love relationship between him and Lucy. There didn't seem to be enough chemistry there.
The film did make me want to know more about Ward Allen. Much of the movie is based on the research of John Cay and John Cay Jr. There are two editions of a book, Ward Allen: Savannah River Market Hunter, one written by John Cay (1958) and the other with the author listed as John Cay Jr. (1959). I also discovered that Christmas Moultrie, Allen's companion on the river, was born a slave in 1859 (on Christmas Day) and died in April of 1957.Read more ›
The love developing between a privileged woman named Lucy and Ward seemed to be rushed. You see them making love on a hardwood floor (wow!), then quickly proceeding to be married. Lucy is then mortified to see her husband drunk either on a horse or in a bar (he loved whiskey). Check out how he sweet talks her to letting him back into the house. After more tumultuous activity between the two, he and Lucy discover they're to be parents, and tenderness develops between them. Unfortunately a tragedy happens; the utopia begins to crumble. One of the notable scenes for me was when he took Lucy back onto the river to an abandoned barge to have her hopefully feel life naturally although she was dead inside. Jim Caviezel knows how to cry.
With industrialization of the land, and laws forbidding shooting ducks, Ward and Christmas' lives are set adrift. I won't reveal how the movie proceeds towards conclusion. I just know that as an individual viewer, I was feeling sad, sorry for the lives I wish to know more about. I did not find out how Ward passed away, and what happened to Lucy.Read more ›
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Arlene needs to learn the star system. 5 stars is for excellent, not one star. This slow-paced movie is outstanding. It's not meant to be an action film. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Steven C. Davis
I really enjoyed it. Wished for a happier ending but it was told as it occured. Such is life.Published 3 months ago by geraldine jackson
I love this movie -- it is just down to earth kind of movie -- my brothers stire is also in it ! -- I really recommend it -- good family movie !Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Perhaps one of the most boring movies known to man. It takes a lot for me to be motivated (either positively or negatively) to post a movie review. Read morePublished 5 months ago by DiscussAndDebate
I picked up this movie because of the cast... and they did not disappoint! Based on a true story, this was a tale of a well educated man, and his friend, born a slave -- and... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Goddess of Chaos