Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 22% (Critics) / 42% (Audience)
Directed By: David Weaver
Written By: David Weaver and Elan Mastai
Starring: Samuel L. Jackson, Luke Kirby, Ruth Negga
Studio: IFC Films
Synopsis: After twenty years in prison, Foley is finished with the grifter’s life. When he meets an elusive young woman named Iris, the possibility of a new start looks real. But his past is proving to be a stubborn companion. (Source)
Samuel L. Jackson is incapable of being bad in a movie no matter how bad the actual movie is and this movie is no exception to the rule. Jackson seems to want to be in a less grimly depressing film but still does some heavy lifting with the dreadful material he is given.
Everything besides Samuel L. Jackson is just awful even the wonderful British actress Ruth Negga who was woefully miscast as a junkie with a heart of gold who enters into a disturbingly chemistry free relationship with Jackson’s character.
This movie also is bogged down by unnecessary plot twists that are supposed to be shocking but instead just make an already bad movie even worse.
I really hope that Deborah Kara Unger starred in this film as a favor to someone because I would hate to think that the small, thankless role she had in this movie is all she is getting offered nowadays.
Final Verdict: Samuel L. Jackson continues to try and take Michael Caine’s “I’ll Make Any Shitty Movie As Long As You Pay Me” title with yet another little seen, woefully bad movie. He gives a yeoman’s effort like always but it doesn’t elevate this dreary mess of a movie that far from the bottom of the heap.