Director: Jeremy Saulnier. Cast: Macon Blair, Devin Ratray, Amy Hargreaves. 90 min. Rated R. Thriller.
John Wayne once said: “Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway.” The same can be said about this film's protagonist: he's out for bloody revenge on a recently-released convict who killed his parents, and he's weak, scared, and alone - but saddles up anyway. Tarantino is the expert on revenge movies, and even last year's Out of the Furnace had a similar story; but those characters were strong and self-assured, and taking violent revenge didn't look as close-to-home and excruciating as what this guy is going through. Hell ... this movie even helped me understand America's love for guns.
PS: The movie's 95% on the Tomatometer is well-deserved.