David Gordon directs this bleak drama about a gang of rural teens going astray. The title character is 13-year-old boy who lives in an impoverished corner of North Carolina. While wandering around with his rag-tag band of mates, one boy gets inadvertently killed. Fearing parental retribution, the gang hides the body. Later, matters comes to a head when guilt and anxiety starts to take its toll. ~ Jonathan Crow, Rovi
It won't appeal to everyone, but this movie has soul. Contrary to what the other reviewer said, it does have plot, it just isn't a mile a minute plot as so many of us are used to nowdays.
Green manages to shoot scenes that are lush, vivid, and full of despair and hope all at the same time. Southern Gothic with a modern teen twist. He gets into the heads of young teenagers better than any filmmaker I've seen. I have watched this movie with eighth graders and they have consistently said they were surprised at how true to life it felt for them. Despite the lack of fast-paced action scenes, they were mesmerized. They were watching themselves.
This is the kind of film I search for years to find. There is a real sort of powerful beauty in its lyric rhythm, and yet a quiet realism remains that totally undoes your ability to analyze or criticize or compartmentalize this film. It is real life acted out through the lives of children; it is also only the second film in that I have seen in my entire life (and I've seen probably close to about five thousand) that has actually brought me to tears. If your a fan of Con Air, don't see this movie. If your a fan of cinema as an art form, if your optimistic and open-minded enough to believe that maybe, just maybe, a movie can change the way you see the world, than this film is for you.
GW is a slow film that takes place in a very small town. There's no action and even very little plot. It essentially lets characters talk and be themselves. You all know whether you like this sort of thing, so you know whether to rent!