Ain't Them Bodies Saints
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Set against the backdrop of 1970's Texas Hill Country, AIN'T THEM BODIES SAINTS is a romantic American story that follows three characters on various sides of the law - outlaw Bob Muldoon (Casey Affleck), his wife Ruth Guthrie (Rooney Mara), and a local sheriff named Patrick Wheeler (Ben Foster), who gets caught in their crosshairs.
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I found the story slightly cliché, yet good enough for me to give it 4 solid stars.
Casey Affleck, Rooney Mara, and Ben Foster played their characters perfectly.
Although, I think Casey Affleck has an annoying voice and Ben Foster usually playas characters you love to hate.
It was finally nice to see Keith Carradine in a movie, who I remember from the 1980's films made by Alan Rudolph.
The movie is basically about a young couple in love who engage in criminal activity (sort of a Bonny & Clyde kind of a thing).
One night a robbery goes wrong, and the couple find themselves surrounded by the local cops, a shootout breaks out and
one of the cops (Ben Foster) gets shot. Bob (Casey Affleck) gets send to jail, his pregnant girlfriend Ruth (Rooney Mara) gets off easily,
gives birth to the child, and awaits the return of Bob...
The only part of the movie I did not get, was--- who was the person that hired the bounty hunters?
Was it Skerritt the shop owner? Patrick the cop? Ruth the girlfriend? or was it somebody else, and the fact is kept obscure for a reason.
What is incredibly disappointing is the audio and picture quality of the blu-ray. The darks are muddy to the point where what should be smooth gradients are blotchy and washed out. The whole thing is way over-compressed, perhaps to make room on the disc for the special features (though I kind of doubt it). On top of that the sound mix is atrocious - I had to keep turning the volume up to hear the actors speaking and then turn it down again for the rest of the soundtrack. I haven't seem a blu-ray this bad since Public Enemies (even that wasn't this bad). Now I know why the blu-ray is less expensive than the DVD.
On top of that, the disc case arrived severely cracked - more poor packaging protection from Amazon "Prime."