Indie Gems: Black Snake Moan
Lazarus (Samuel L. Jackson) is a former blues musician in a small, southern town. He's going through some tough times, but doesn't have it as bad as Rae. (Christina Ricci) Rae is a trashy, sexually charged girl that's suffered a life time of abuse from her miserable parents. When she's left nearly beaten to death, Lazarus decides he is going to save her. He chains her to the radiator in his home, (seriously) and while this sounds absolutely creepy he ends up being just what she needs. A kind, nurturing, individual that will help not only hear, but her boyfriend, Ronnie (Justin Timberlake) who's suffering from a bit of PTS himself.
First off, the marketing for this film was absolutely horrible. I initially didn't even want to watch it because it seemed like some trashy exploitation flick. I'm glad I gave it a shot, because it's one of the more interesting dramas I've seen in awhile. Jackson and Ricci give brave, raw performances, and even someone as horribly mediocre as Timberlake came off as pretty good. I liked the message the film sent, I liked the relationship between Lazarus and Rae. While the premise seems frightening there was nothing but good intentions there.
Memorable Quote: "God put you in my path, and I am to cure you of your wicked ways." - Lazarus (Samuel L. Jackson)