Director: Scott Cooper. Cast: Christian Bale, Casey Affleck, Woody Harrelson, Zoe Saldana, Sam Shepard, Willem Dafoe, Forest Whitaker. 116 min. Rated R. USA/UK. Drama/Crime.
Simplistic small town revenge story of two brothers (Bale and Affleck) and a low-life (Harrelson), who are clearly the good guys and bad guys, respectively, from the very first seconds they enter the screen. Slow-paced predictable story with no subtleties and without a satisfying payoff - just people making life decisions based on vague motives, and bad people who are just bad for unclear reasons. If it weren't for the great performances of the incredible ensemble cast, this would've been a major disappointment.
PS: Look at Sam Shepherd's resume. Doesn't this great ever-supporting actor deserve more than just one Oscar nomination?