Undertow

2004

Action / Drama / Thriller

8
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 55%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 63%
IMDb Rating 6.7 10 7786

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Dermot Mulroney as John Munn
Jamie Bell as Chris Munn
Josh Lucas as Deel Munn
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1hr 48 min
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English
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1hr 48 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Sankari_Suomi 3 / 10

'Here kid, eat some paint.' 'OK, I guess it can't hurt.'

Two young boys run away from home because of reasons.

One of them is mildly intelligent; the other has something very wrong with his brain. We know this because he's always eating random stuff and vomiting his guts out.

Throughout the course of the movie he eats: insects, mud, paint, a bunch of other stuff I can't remember. None of this is ever explained.

As tensions between the brothers become unbearable, the film staggers towards its outlandishly unrealistic and excruciatingly dull final scene.

I got less than I bargained for, which is pretty impressive considering how far my expectations had fallen by this point.

I rate Undertow at 9.99 on the Haglee Scale, which works out as an vomitous 3/10 on IMDb.

Reviewed by SnoopyStyle 6 / 10

slow moody poverty chic parable

Chris Munn (Jamie Bell) lives in poverty on a pig farm with his father John (Dermot Mulroney) and brother Tim in rural Drees County, Georgia. He gets shot at and arrested when he goes over to see Lila (Kristen Stewart) and breaks a window. They are visited by John's estranged brother Deel (Josh Lucas) who just got out of prison. It turns out that Deel is looking for a stash of gold coins owned by their father which he suspects was taken by John. Also John's dead wife was Deel's girlfriend to begin with.

This is a slow moody southern-atmospheric movie. It takes a long time to get going. The lack of intensity in the first half of the movie is a problem. There is enough in the plot to give some tension. Then it becomes a surreal realism journey. There is a poverty chic beauty to the movie like some sort of southern parable. Jamie Bell shows some quality work. It's a bit too slow at times but it has some interesting sections.

Reviewed by The_late_Buddy_Ryan 6 / 10

What happens to chiggers in Nebraska?

According to IMDb, it was Terence Malick who brought this script to the attention of his chief disciple, David Gordon Green. It seems like what DGG originally had in mind was a lyrical, "Tree of Life"–type story focusing on Tim, the younger of two brothers who live with their widowed father in a farmhouse in rural Georgia. At some point he decided to switch over to a more bankable plot line, reminiscent of "Night of the Hunter," involving a hoard of gold coins that's hidden in the house and a covetous ex-con uncle.

Thus, we get a few slices of Tim's story—he's a dreamy ten-year-old who suffers from pica (an eating disorder that makes him crave paint and dirt and such) and arranges his old paperbacks "by the way they smell"—intercut with faster-moving scenes of conflict and pursuit. Perversely, after all hell breaks loose (no spoilers here!) and the brothers run off with the gold, Green starts channeling in Malick at his most leisurely and reflective, and we get a lingering shot of a slow-moving woodland stream under Tim's improv'd monologue about chiggers and their habits…

The "Night of the Hunter" storyline stalls repeatedly so Green can splice in little comic vignettes of rural life—the uncle's encounters with a talky towtruck driver and a goofy cashier who swallows her gum, the wedding of a local boy and an Asian picture bride—that he'd clearly have loved to expand on. The final scenes play out in familiar DGG locales—a giant auto graveyard and a homeless encampment—but the film had totally lost momentum by then, and I couldn't get too interested in decoding their occult significance. (Earlier references to Charon and Christ's stigmata remind us that the original treatment was written by a prep-school English teacher.)

No doubt that DGG's a brilliant filmmaker, but this seems to be one of those overstuffed auteurist efforts like "The Master" that have to be watched repeatedly on disk (including deleted scenes) before you can get much out of them. (Too bad that he didn't get a shot at "A Confederacy of Dunces," btw.)

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