Quite empty. Tries to say something potent about poverty, suffering, abuse, and how they tie into the American dream—how we are sometimes saved by the very things that make life difficult. This is all interesting. But it lands with a dull, sepia-toned thud. Then there’s a disconnect with Joaquin Phoenix’s and Jeremy Renner’s characters, who are overwritten and overacted, but placed in a slow, desaturated environment. Maybe there’s some kind of intentional symbolism there. To me, it’s pretty unpleasant.
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