April 9th, 2014



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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 (919 voted)

Critic's Score: 70/100

Director: David Gordon Green

Stars: Nicolas Cage, Tye Sheridan, Ronnie Gene Blevins

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: Larry Brown, Gary Hawkins

Nicolas Cage - Joe Ransom
Tye Sheridan - Gary
Ronnie Gene Blevins - Willie
Adriene Mishler - Connie
Heather Kafka - Lacy
Robert Johnson - Cop #1 (as Robert J. Johnson)
Sue Rock - Merle
Dana Freitag - Sue
Erin Elizabeth Reed - Cathy
Aaron Spivey-Sorrells - Sammy
Brenda Isaacs Booth - Mother Jones
Gary Poulter - Wade
Ulysses Lopez - Cop
Lazaro Solares - Henry
Jon Bonzor - Deputy Sheriff

Country: USA

Language: English

Release Date: 9 April 2014

Filming Locations: Austin, Texas, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $6,000,000 (estimated)

Technical Specs


User Review


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.


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