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Joe

Plot

An ex-con, who is the unlikeliest of role models, meets a 15-year-old boy and is faced with the choice of redemption or ruin.

Release Year: 2013

Rating: 8.0/10 (913 voted)

Director: David Gordon Green

Storyline

An ex-con, who is the unlikeliest of role models, meets a 15-year-old boy and is faced with the choice of redemption or ruin.

Writers: ,

Release Date:

Filming Locations: Austin, Texas, USA



Box Office Details

Budget: $6,000,000

(estimated)



Technical Specs

Runtime:



User Review

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Rating: 8/10

My next review is for what is probably the weirdest film I saw at TIFF.
Joe stars Nicolas Cage and Tye Sheridan, and has a very similar concept
to that as Mud. Basically a 15 year old boy movies to a small Texas
town with his abusive father where he makes new friends and new
enemies.

I'll start with what I liked about the movie. The directing was great,
and so was the cinematography. There were many beautiful shots and the
clarity of each image was stunning. Also, the acting was really good.
Nicolas Cage played a very unique character named Joe, and Tye Sheridan
was perfect as his younger companion. Even the bad guys played their
roles with a lot of depth. I also thought The writer and director did a
good job at creating the universe. It was very dark, disturbing, and
not one character felt like they weren't needed or were out of place.

The dark and disturbing universe creating in the movie was also what I
had a problem with. There was so much killing, and sex, and drugs, and
violence in the movie that sometimes it was out of place. It starts
with a father beating his son, and ends with the attempted gang-rape of
a 15 year old girl, multiple shooting related deaths, and a suicide.
The amount of violence that fills the rest of the two hours is just
shocking. I also found it was a lot weaker than Mud in one important
aspect; it didn't explore as many themes or have a big moral. Sitting
here right now, I can't think of anything important the movie had to
say.

At least the movie is very well directed, written, and created, despite
having many unnecessary scenes. The acting is what really saves the
movie though, and because of that I'll rate the film 7.6/10 stars.