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The film illustrates how the most powerful and welcome stabilizing forces in human life - history, family, geography - can turn so easily into deadly traps.
A strong sense of place emerges, if not a consuming narrative, as the filmmaker strains to connect a 1970s coming-of-age story to historical records and bigger thematic arcs - namely, bloodlines and bloodshed in a rural community.
An overcooked adaptation of a novel by Ron Rash.
The performances are strong... and Earle is particularly memorable. The film glows with a dark energy when he's on screen. But it's too long, has a musical soundtrack that's often intrusive, and sometimes sags when it should be taut with tension
Jeremy Irvine is the sympathetic focus, but it's Noah Wyle who holds the movie together, as a former teacher who lost his job through a malicious student's prank.
Fine performances compensate for the overwrought elements of this rural-set drama.
The Civil War was about the South not wanting to give up its slaves. Now it won't give up its drugs. 'Rednecks and drugs: one of the worst hookups of the '60s.'
The film's story is a simple one, which makes its two-hour running time absolutely confounding.
Mature coming-of-age adaptation has violence, drugs.
Yes, this is one of those low-budget gems you're always hearing about. Sub-par production values, certainly. But an intriguing story with excellent acting.
There's an authenticity to the characters and the atmosphere in this deliberately paced drama.
For all the good intentions and native hands behind the camera, The World Set Straight never seems particularly credible or convincing as a fresh look at regional history.
Sort of interesting take on post-Civil War feuds in the South, but it doesn't really go anywhere.
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