The revival of Matthew McConaughey as an actor with credibility and passion continues in Jeff Nichols’ “Mud”.
Described by Peter Debruge in Variety as “one part The Night of the Hunter, two parts Huckleberry Finn,” the film is a coming of age adventure set in rural Arkansas.
Its protagonist is 14-year old boy Ellis (Tye Sheridan) who convinces his best friend Neckbone to escape to an uninhabited island as a means of getting away from his folks--Ellis is in trouble at home.
He has heard rumours of a boat left sitting in the treetops of the island after a flood, but when the boys stumble across a fugitive hiding out on the island, their adventure takes a much more thrilling, if not downright perilous path that brings about a life-changing experience.
Reese Witherspoon, who, like McConaughey, could do with a career reboot, and Sam Shepard co-star.
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