Saturday, June 18, 2016

Small dreams

THE DYNAMITER (2011)

Produced By: Fairtrade Films, and others
Director: Matthew Gordon
Starring: William Ruffin, John Alex Nunnery, Patrick Rutherford, Ciara McMillan, and others
Pros: Excellent acting, good story
Cons: Black and white characters
Rating: ***** of 5 (5 of 5)

Ah, Indie films! You watch a bunch and cringe at each one, only to eventually find a gem. I've seen a lot of them and wouldn't want to watch them twice, the only exceptions being OzLand and Early Light. To that list I can now add The Dyanmiter, a story that Hollywood is never going to cover, and one that I thought was just good fiction until I read a little more and realized that it is pretty much how rural Mississippi is! I suppose the accent, which can take sometime to get used to, should've pointed out the geographical setting to me though.

This one is also a coming of age film, and is probably the best Indie film I've seen in terms of quality. There is an excellent, well thought-out story that keeps the viewers engrossed. Add to that some splendid acting, especially from William Ruffin. It all sees very professionally made, and you'd hardly guess that it was an Indie. From the lighter moments to the tense ones, the Director captures them well, and the five-star rating is well-earned. There is even a bit of a moral, with the juxtaposition of two brothers who led very different lives, all by choice. And of course, the constant reminders of a mother who essentially abandoned her children, and how unfair that is. Really, if you can't take care of your kids, don't have them. They are not ready for you to play with their lives.

The only thing that I can criticize this film for is its monochromatic characters. Robbie is the good guy and always will be, Lewis is evil and always was, and grandma can't speak. The ending picks up for that though, and leave the audience with some thought. And the discussion about small dreams perfectly sums it up. The sad story of two brothers trying to make it in one of America's poorest places, with just about everything working against them, except each other. Brilliantly done. (OTFS)

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