In 1922, Nebraska rancher Wilfred James (Thomas Jane) convinces his 14-year-old son (Dylan Schmid) to help him murder his wife (Molly Parker) before she goes through with her plan to sell the property against their wishes. An adaptation of a grim Stephen King novella that turns into a slow-moving tragedy as everything goes wrong for father and son James. This is quite a slog, a dark experience in many ways, including the dirty, gravel-voiced appearance of Jane. An appropriately unpleasant atmosphere (especially if you don’t like rats), but undermined by the characters’ unconvincing relationships and motivations.

2017-U.S. 101 min. Color. Widescreen. Written and directed by Zak Hilditch. Novella: Stephen King. Cast: Thomas Jane (Wilfred James), Molly Parker (Arlette James), Dylan Schmid (Henry James), Neal McDonough, Brian d’Arcy James, Kaitlyn Bernard.

Trivia: Released straight to Netflix.



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