Whatsisname wrote: »
Still have one particular scene engraved into my mind.
flasher0030 wrote: »
Ya. Agree. At times it was kinda gripping to see where it was going to go. But in the end, it kinda went nowhere. Looking back on it, what exactly was it trying to deliver. "Bleak lives" has been thrown around several times. religion? Crosses? It seems it was made to be a deep, thinking man's film. But in the end, for me anyway, it's a whole lot of nothing. There's a whiff of The emperors new clothes" about it.
glasso wrote: »
Not every movie has to be tied up in a neat little bow and an open ending can be more powerful by virtue of the fact that it's open to interpretation.
So yes this is called being artistic to an extent. If you're someone who likes paint-by-numbers then this movie is not going to appeal to you greatly.
So at the end one is left wondering - is this a new start for Arvin or is he fated to inherit the trauma of his relations (big theme of the film that misery was passed on from one generation to the next) - has he finally escaped his past or has he been picked up by another violent driver!?
Despite religious faith and morality being strong elements in this, one has to wonder why the Devil is never mentioned in the film, despite its title. Considering the tagline is "Everyone ends up in the same damn place", it seems to mix moral contextualism with the question of fate, while mocking religious convictions. Much like The Place Beyond the Pines, generational life cycles are accompanied by cycles of violence, leaving us with the open-ended finale concerning nature vs nurture and choice vs fate, and certainty/uncertainty. "The Waltons"esque narration (by the author of the book on which the film was based) is at odds with the constant violence and dread, making it an uncomfortable but gripping watch.