Ain't Them Bodies Saints Reviews
Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara star as Bob and Ruth, a pair of star-crossed lovers who get into a shoot-out with police in rural 1970s Texas. The reason for the gun play is never explained, but when Ruth shoots a cop in the shoulder, Bob takes the rap and goes to prison. He promises to get out and come back for Ruth and the baby girl that she has while Bob is paying his debt to society. After four years, he escapes and begins to make his way back to his young family.
Keith Carradine plays Skeritt, an old family friend who looks after Ruth and her daughter, Sylvie. Ben Foster plays the cop that Ruth shot, and seems to want to take Bob's place in the family's humble digs. If this all sounds stupid, it's not - just boring. There's a lot of talking and not much action. Monotone is the best word I have to describe the acting, especially from Casey Affleck, who played a similar character (and slightly better) in 2007's "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford", but is much more entertaining playing quirky characters as he did in the "Ocean's" films.
The most interesting thing about "Ain't Them Bodies Saints" is the movie's title - even though it doesn't ever mean anything in the story. This film is all about tone and feeling, but the feelings are barely there. The tone reminds me of 2007's Best Picture Oscar winner "No Country for Old Men", but in that film, the characters were interesting and something actually happened. This movie would be better titled "Ain't Them Movies Supposed to Have a Point". I still like to be spontaneous, but not with movies. Not after this waste-of-an-interesting-title. "D"