Hellion (2014)



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Writer/director Kat Candler's HELLION paints the powerful portrait of a family on the brink of dissolution set against the haunting backdrop of the refineries of Southeast Texas. Obsessed with heavy metal, dirt bike racing and partaking in the occasional act of vandalism with his band of delinquents, the behavior of 13-year-old Jacob Wilson (Josh Wiggins in his feature film debut) has begun to raise concerns around town, especially when it starts to involve his younger brother Wes (newcomer Deke Garner). While the boys' father Hollis (two-time Emmy Award-winner Aaron Paul) loves his sons, he is still reeling from the loss of their mother, spending more time drowning his sorrows at the local bar and working on his damaged beach house than being an active parent. (c) IFC Films
Rating: R (for language)
Genre: Drama
Directed By: Kat Candler
Written By: Kat Candler
In Theaters: limited
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Aaron Paul
as Hollis
Josh Wiggins
as Jacob Wilson
Deke Garner
as Wes Gordon
Jonny Mars
as Duncan
Walter Orr Roberts
as Officer Handley
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All Critics (48) | Top Critics (18)

Despair is not quiet for a broken father (Aaron Paul) and his troublemaker sons in Kat Candler's brisk, transfixing drama, which takes place in blue-collar southeast Texas.

Full Review… | December 3, 2014
Entertainment Weekly
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"Hellion" pads its slender, commonplace, but potentially rewarding premise with contrivances, clichés, repetitiousness, and, when all else fails, implausible, arbitrary melodrama.

Full Review… | July 24, 2014
Boston Globe
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Wiggins gives the boy's struggles a raw realism, but it's not enough to shore up this slackly paced slice of sunbaked Texas miserabilism.

Full Review… | July 17, 2014
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Not that inarticulate characters can't be compelling if they are written with subtlety, acted with insight and, most of all, framed by a directorial vision, but "Hellion," despite a promising debut from Wiggins, falls short in at least two of the above.

Full Review… | July 17, 2014
Arizona Republic
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The acting overall is strong, but Paul, still testing the waters after "Breaking Bad," is extraordinarily controlled.

Full Review… | July 10, 2014
Detroit News
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The hellion of "Hellion" is Jacob Wilson, a 13-year-old Texas rebel with a cause. As played by a real teenager, Josh Wiggins, he's a force of nature.

Full Review… | July 3, 2014
Seattle Times
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Audience Reviews for Hellion

Josh Wiggins does an amazing job in his portrayal of the troubled teen trying to take care of his brother. Aaron Paul is also good, but the direction is the best part. Great movie that feels very realistic when you watch.

Jarrin Rozenblad
Jarrin Rozenblad

The performances in this movie were the best thing about it, because the story although with potential, was kind of uninspiring, sadly. However director Kat Candler showed potential bringing the best of its actors, and specially bringing a lot of intensity to a very crucial scene. Overall, it wasn't as good or engaging as I expected, but at least it makes you feel for the characters even if that's against them. ~August 21, 2015~

Hugo Guerrero
Hugo Guerrero

With a powerful performance by Aaron Paul and very believable teenagers played by the whole cast, "Hellion" is a deep and meaningful story that often fails to connect when it needs to, but other times when it does, it does so with vigorous pride. After the death of his wife, Hollis (Aaron Paul) must deal with his teenage son getting in trouble with the law and dragging his younger son into that trouble, all while dealing with a depressing drinking problem. There are many themes explored throughout this film, but it never seems lie enough, and I normally enjoy open endings to great films, so that it keeps me guessing, but this felt a little too unfinished for my liking. "Hellion" is a great story, told very well, but it is not without it's faults. Aaron Paul has a bright career ahead of him, and I cannot wait to see what he does next.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

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