Aviron/Global Road/Nebulastar/Starlings/Showbox (Greg Shapiro,
Guy Heeley & Steven Knight)
W: Steven Knight
DP: Jess Hall
Ed: Laura Jennings
Mus: Benjamin Wallfisch
Matthew McConaughey (Baker Dill / John Mason), Anne Hathaway
(Karen Zariakas), Jason Clarke (Frank Zariakas), Djimon Hounsou (Duke), Diane Lane (Constance), Jeremy Strong (Reid Miller)
Not a remake of the 2005 movie, but a rather strange murder
mystery thriller with a twist that really won't be appreciated by everyone.
Baker Dill (McConaughey) is a fishing boat captain living in
an idyllic island community who is approached by his ex-partner and mother of his son, Karen, who wants him to murder her abusive husband when he takes him on a fishing trip, but
things turn out to not be as they seem as he begins to question reality and his own existence.
I'll always have a fondness for films which try to do things a
little differently and allow a subject of discourse for the audience to discover afterwards, but this is just a little too weird, not particularly helped by a final act which just seems far too
ridiculous, not helped by performances which fail to convince (Anne Hathaway particularly miscast).
Writer-director Steven Knight had a gamble with this movie,
which can be commended, unfortunately it just didn't pay off with me.