Joaquin Phoenix plays a naval officer returning to US soil
following a tour of duty and suffering from post traumatic stress disorder.
He is seduced by Amy Adams into joining a strange cult, headed
by her flamboyant father, Lancaster Dodd (Philip Seymour Hoffman), but the rebellious officer is a hard man to manage.
Aside from a trio of excellent performances, the film has
little to write home about, dragging on occasion and far less engaging or immersive than the director's previous efforts (Boogie Nights, There Will Be Blood).