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Billy (Christina Hendricks) lives in the run down city of Lost River with her sons Bones (Iain De Caestecker) and Franky. (Landyn Stewart) They are in danger of losing their house, so Billy takes a job at a gory club where they reenact murders. Bones had been stealing copper from abandoned houses to earn extra cash, but now he's being pursued by Bully. (Matt Smith) Bully starts to not only terrorize Bones, but also his neighbor/girlfriend Rat. (Saoirse Ronan)
This film feels very disjointed. On one hand, Bones, Rat, and Billy are very intriguing characters. Especially the first two. Their scenes together were the best in the film. I feel like director/writer Ryan Gosling tried too hard to make an "art film." He comes off as pretentious with the imagery. There were times his actors were giving very emotional performances, but the camera was everywhere except their faces. While some of those shots were beautiful, it ended up being a bit of an overkill.
Hendricks, De Caestecker, and Ronan all gave fine performances. They always do. Matt Smith was terrible. His character is so over the top and ridiculous I hated every single moment he was on screen. Seriously, what were they thinking?
The tone is creepy, and the score was very eerie and fit well but I didn't get the sense that Gosling wanted to make this film his own. It's like he wanted to make a Nicolas Winding Refn film. It's a shame that he got such talented actors, had a semi interesting story, then just vomited neon lights and shadows all over it.
Memorable Quote: "What else do I have?" - Bones (Iain De Caestecker)