The World Made Straight

2015

The World Made Straight (2015)

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A troubled young man (Jeremy Irvine) from a haunted rural comunity struggles to summon the courage to start a new life in this coming of age drama from Millennium Entertainment and first-time feature director David Burris. Minka Kelly, Noah Wyle, Adelaide Clemens and Haley Joel Osment co star in a film based on a novel by Ron Rash. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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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.

Jan 13, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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.

Jan 8, 2015 | Full Review…

An overcooked adaptation of a novel by Ron Rash.

Jan 8, 2015 | Full Review…

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

Jan 8, 2015 | Rating: 3/5

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.

Jan 8, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Fine performances compensate for the overwrought elements of this rural-set drama.

Jan 7, 2015 | Full Review…

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Sort of interesting take on post-Civil War feuds in the South, but it doesn't really go anywhere.

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