Movie: Undertow

Length: 1 hour, 47 minutes
Studio: United Artists Films
Release Date: 2004-11-19
Cast: Dermot Mulroney, Josh Lucas, Jamie Bell, Devon Alan, Kristen Stewart
Director: David Gordon Green
Screenwriter: David Gordon Green, Joe Conway
WorkNameSort: Undertow
Our Rating: 1.50

Somnambulistic schlockmeister David Gordon Green (All the Real Girls) directs another dreary, self-important rural drama that takes forever to advance its insignificant aims. You'll be fighting to stay awake as Green (with the aid of two nearly blameworthy co-writers) doles out this cliché-ridden story of a "terrible" tragedy that befalls two sets of siblings. The older pair (Dermot Mulroney, Josh Lucas) is locked in a bitter dispute over a contested family treasure, leaving the next generation (Devon Alan, Jamie Bell) to suffer the fallout of their bloody, faux-biblical rivalry. The nonsensical freeze-frames and other hugely inappropriate visual indulgences are easy to spot, given the movie's insistence on idling at a storytelling speed of 5 mph. Get ready for an interminable exploration of the two most shopworn questions in the familial pantheon: Am I my brother's keeper? And are we there yet?


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