Undertow 2004 R CC

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Teenaged Chris (Jamie Bell of Billy Elliot) lives with his father, John (Dermot Mulroney), and his little brother, Tim (Devon Alan). When Chris' mother dies, his reclusive father moves the family to a shack in backwoods Georgia, where they raise hogs. One day, John's estranged brother, Deel (Josh Lucas), gets out of prison and shows up on the farm. John is less than thrilled to see him, but agrees to let him stay with the family as long as Deel helps him look after his boys. Chris is initially drawn to his wild-man uncle, but it soon becomes clear that Deel has more on his mind than a family reunion. Greed and years of resentment lead to violence, and Chris finds himself on the run, towing his sickly brother along, with Deel in pursuit.

Starring:
Jamie Bell, Kristen Stewart
Runtime:
1 hour 49 minutes

Undertow

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Thriller
Director David Gordon Green
Starring Jamie Bell, Kristen Stewart
Supporting actors Robert Longstreet, Terry Loughlin, Dermot Mulroney, Devon Alan, Josh Lucas, Eddie Rouse, Patrice Johnson, Charles 'Jester' Poston, Mark Darby Robinson, Pat Healy, Leigh Higginbotham, Alfred M. Jackson, William D. Turner, Michael Bacall, Shiri Appleby, Carla Bessey, Damian Jewan Lee, Bill McKinney
Studio MGM
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 24 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. Harris HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on March 4, 2012
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I was impressed with David Gordon Green's minimalist, haunting "George Washington." I was surprised and delighted with his "All The Pretty Girls." So I was interested to see what his third picture, "Undertow," would bring to his oeuvre. But I have to admit, I was nervous as well. Here, he was working with a larger budget and more mainstream actors like Jamie Bell, Dermot Mulroney and Josh Lucas. What I got was a nice surprise--a nasty little family gothic thriller.

It's a bleak and uneventful existance on the Munn farm. John, a widower played by Mulroney, is raising his two boys in a very secluded lifestyle. Oldest son Chris, a prematurely weathered Jamie Bell, handles most of the responsibilities and chores but longs for a different life. He rebels at every opportunity which gets him into trouble with the law as often as not. Younger brother Tim is a sickly and emotionally stunted child. There is talk of a family treasure, told in dreamlike fashion, but no signs of material wealth of any kind.

One day, shady Uncle Deel arrives. Oozing dangerous charm, this ex-con wants to reconnect with his brother, get to know his nephews and get a fresh start. Chris is initially drawn to the stranger, but mistrusts him on many levels too. And as we find out--for good reason. Secrets come out and violence erupts. The boys go on the run, taking hope and charity where they can get it while evading danger. There is a certain menacing "Night of the Hunter" quality to their travels through the country landscape.

I really enjoyed the film. It's unorthodox and has a lazy, southern gothic appeal. I didn't know exactly where the story was going and so was caught up in the journey. There were interesting family dynamics as well as a decent thriller.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tommy Dooley TOP 500 REVIEWER on April 30, 2012
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This was one on my `should have seen sooner list', it is a film from 2004 and is the third effort from director (and co-writer) David Gordon Green and received a very mixed response from critics on release.

It is about two brothers, Chris Munn (Jamie Bell) and Tim (Devon Allan), his younger sibling. They live in the back arse of nowhere in rural Georgia. Their father John (Dermot Mulroney) keeps them away from school and they seem to live a sort of subsistence life, which due to lack of social interaction has left them all a tad dysfunctional. Whilst Chris finds encounters with the local law officials a way of tempering his isolation, the younger Tim seems to withdraw further into a life that predicates the future solely in reference to the little past he can remember.

Then one day a big surprise as a car rolls up the dust road bringing a relative the boys did not know about. It is Deel (Josh Lucas), their errant Uncle, who has just been released from prison. After a tenuous reunion, it soon becomes apparent that Deel isn't really into the welfare of his brothers' family but more into the inheritance that he thinks he has been swindled out of.

This leads to the inevitable confrontation that sees Chris and Tim go on the run. It is at this point that similarities to the absolute classic `Night of the Hunter' are made. That is a misleading comparison as it is only related to in the way the plot develops.

This though, is a well made and observed film, the acting is all excellent especially so for Jamie Bell and Devon Allan who both received Young Artist Awards for their performances. It is a slow, builder of a film that is shot in a dream like way that belies some of the violence and double play.
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By Nolagal on August 18, 2013
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The reviews seem to be falling in two camps; great art or pretentious drivel. I fall in the former camp. Loved this film. Beautiful, creative, great acting. Would love to see more like this.

Couldn't believe it is the same director as Pineapple Express, which I also liked a lot. Completely different type of movie, but there must be something to be said for this director. When he hits a home run he really does.
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By Veewee99 on July 27, 2014
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Not bad
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