David Gordon Green retains the Southern rural naturalism of his George Washington and his All the Real Girls, but adds a jolt of melodrama: a sort of down-to-earth Night of the Hunter, crashingly prosaic and squalid ("Ya wanna smell my armpit?"), about the Bad Brother who covets his late father's cache of Mexican gold, and is willing to hack his way through the Good Brother and chase down his two nephews to get it. The director throws a whole bag of tricks at the viewer throughout the opening credits — slo-mo, freeze-frames, negatives, black-and-white — but dips into it very sparingly thereafter. Philip Glass's phoned-in musical score seems to have been written without looking at the movie. With Jamie (Billy Elliot) Bell, Devon Alan, Josh Lucas, and Dermot Mulroney. (2004) — Duncan Shepherd
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