Jason Sudeikis has always been cast in dramatic roles before but nothing quite like the latest feature from that Aharon Keshales- director of the 2013 Israeli cult, the horror classic Big Bad Wolves. He is recently playing a released ex-con and this becomes embroiled in a dangerous game of cat and mouse all with the gangster there in the movie. The Ted Lasso star displays his macho bonafide where he has been delivering the performance of nuance and depth. Unfortunately, these efforts are not enough for overcoming the overly convoluted plot of South of Heaven.
The filmmaker is very happy and credits out Don Siegel’s great ’70s crime drama. He says that this drama has been an inspiration to him for the creation of his own efforts and you are definitely going to see similarities. The film featured Walter Matthau in an atypical role. He is the criminal and the one who uses his wits to outfox his dangerous adversaries. Sudeikis is having a similar character in Jimmy Ray that has been released a few more years early from a 15-year sentence for bank robbery after there is a making of impassioned plea where they are allowed to reunite with his longtime girlfriend, Annie. His girlfriend is having cancer and she has less than a year to live. He assures that he is going to give Annie the best year of her life.
For short, it felt like the film is going to be a love story between a man desperately trying to pick up the pieces and the woman who waited for his man for 12 years. But much like Dustin Hoffman, Jimmy soon finds himself in trouble. At first Schmidt threatens but later the things turn darker as he blackmails Jimmy for performing a criminal task.
South of Heaven is the type of film that will make you wish that it were better. All the problematic whole being less than the sum of all the admirable parts.
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