In possession of gold coins, a teenager (Jamie Bell) and his sickly brother (Devon Alan) flee from their violent uncle (Josh Lucas).
" A taut piece of Southern Gothic from Richardson native David Gordon Green. "
" One non-threatening Undertow. "
" Green is all surface and no depth in his effort to channel the late novelist William Faulkner. "
" Green's characters often find themselves in raw, unprotected moments, but Undertow also can feel a little too mesmerized by its own junkyard visions. "
" 'Southern Gothic' and 'arthouse' are rarely used to describe the same movie, and Undertow is a prime example of why that is. "
" Green's signature pastoral tangents and codeine pacing don't slow down this tale of two boys fleeing their psychotic uncle so much as inappropriately slacken any of the story's suspenseful aspects. "
" A deep-fried piece of Southern Gothic that wears its unpleasantness like a merit badge... "
" Though at times tough going because of its violence and seeming hopelessness, the film has a genuine emotional pull. "
" The film's first half is hypnotically watchable. "
" Hamstrung by a feeling that its director was striving for oddity, purely for oddity's sake. "
" Those going to Undertow expecting a thriller will find the proceedings slow going. However, those who are seduced by the characters and the setting will find that the 105 minutes pass quickly. "
" From its opening lines and first enigmatic image, everything about Undertow is both dreamlike and real, artfully elusive and matter-of-fact. "
" A crackling good, low-down noir thriller. "
" A satisfying, bewitching gumbo. "
" Undertow, which is well worth seeing for the performances by Bell and Lucas, is obviously a transitional film, but where Green wants to go remains unclear. "
" There's certainly nothing wrong with trying to make a movie visually pleasing, but it shouldn't come until after there's a good plot and intriguing characters. "
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