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MUD

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03 May, 2013 2 hrs 10 mins U/A
Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Tye Sheridan, Jacob Lofland
Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Tye Sheridan, Jacob Lofland
Jeff Nichols
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Synopsis
A coming-of-age story with more than a few moments of menace, the film's languid pace matches the humid atmosphere of the Mississippi delta setting. The visuals are great, with a tinge of surrealism.
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  • Critic's Review
  • Times of India
Story: Two friends meet a man hiding out in the woods who's on the run. They help him try and escape to freedom and to reunite with his lady love.

Movie Review: Ellis (Tye Sheridan) and his best friend Neckbone (Jacob Lofland) are a 21st century Huckleberry Finn-style duo. They ride scooters, fish, sail, know every inch of their Arkansas hometown and even find a secret hideaway on an island - a boat stuck atop a tree! But their island idyll and the boat have an inhabitant. His name is Mud.

Tattooed, superstitious, dishevelled and packing a .45 calibre, Mud (McConaughey) tells the boys that he's a fugitive, dodging bounty-hunting assassins. He's also trying to trace his girl Juniper (Witherspoon, oozing sex appeal) who's a hoochie gal with a soft heart for bad boys. Mud makes a deal with the two - he offers Neck his .45 in return for food. Intrigued and charmed in equal measure, the boys agree. But is Mud a man worth helping? Is he a good guy caught between a rock and a hard place or a scoundrel with no scruples, who plays the sympathy card well? A grizzled Sam Shephard - a deadshot with a sniper rifle - knows Mud since childhood and warns the kids about him. But Ellis, who'd like to see Mud and Juniper reunite, and Neck, the deadpan-delivery voice of reason, pay no heed. A coming-of-age story with more than a few moments of menace, the film's languid pace matches the humid atmosphere of the Mississippi delta setting. The visuals are amazing, with a tinge of surrealism. The cinematography is lush and the dialogues deftly delivered. The Southern folks embody values like trust, a good work ethic, honesty and loyalty. Ellis is, however, the true hero of this film.
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