Child of God 2014

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A dispossessed, violent necrophiliac killer who?s life is a disastrous attempt to exist outside the social order as he falls deeper into crime and degradation.

Starring:
James Franco
Runtime:
1 hour 39 minutes

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Child of God

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Product Details

Genres Action & Adventure, Horror
Director James Franco
Starring James Franco
Studio Signature Entertainment Ltd
BBFC rating Suitable for 18 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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2.5 out of 5 stars

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tommy Dooley TOP 50 REVIEWER on 31 May 2014
Format: DVD
This is a screen adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's book of the same name and it follows the book very closely. It is the story of Lester Ballard (Scott Haze) who loses his home and land after his father's suicide and his inability to appear to do anything useful. Left with nothing but his Winchester rifle and the clothes on his back he becomes semi feral living in a drafty cabin and stealing what he needs or shooting what he can.

His petty crimes soon lead him to do more serious things and his sexual desires soon take on a hue that is decidedly perverted. To say any more would be a plot spoiler, but for those who have read the book you will know what to expect.

As this is from one of the best living authors it was always going to be difficult to get this to work on film. James Franco directs this, acts in it and worked on the screenplay adaptation. He uses narration to direct the events and add explanation but not always the vivid colour that the prose is able to do. He also divides the film into three distinct parts in an attempt to exemplify the passage of time, but it is a pretty ineffective tool to be honest. Haze as the sick Ballard puts in an excellent performance if a bit too mumbly at times - I actually thought sub titles might have been handy at one point.

There is swearing, scenes of defecation (why?) and unsavoury sexual practices so this is one where you should note the certification. I love McCarthy and had a picture in my minds eye of how this should look and it is not too far out, so a very good effort; but as a cinematic experience this could have been better. I felt this was a six out of ten hence my rating.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mark Beechill on 5 May 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Child Of God will not be to everyone's taste - the story focusses on one character, Ballard, who is not especially likeable and there is no lead character who is chasing Ballard throughout the film. The dvd cover that suggests that James Franco has as much screen time is misleading, as he is only in the film for 10 minutes.
If you've read the book or any Cormac McCarthy, you will know the drill - there is no big finale, the story is told quite matter-of-factly. It was a while ago that I read the book, so I can't comment for certain, but it seems like a decent adaptation, though the book itself did not have the impact that The Road or No Country did, though others may disagree.
Finally, Scott Haze is fantastic as Ballard, drooling, shouting, and other unsavoury activities I won't go into...
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Don't get me wrong , this film has obviously been made with a passion and is pretty accurate to the source material. However I found it somewhat lacking. If the lead actor is visibly acting as a crazy loon then all you think of is actor acting as a crazy loon. His teeth are too perfect, his mannerisms too arty and all this makes the necrophilia storyline somewhat absurd and silly rather than shocking as per the source novel. A noble effort and worth a watch if you are a Cormac McCarthy fan but not as good as I had hoped.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S Apple on 8 Sep 2014
Format: DVD
The above quote by Albert Camus sums up the film. Child of God is based on the novel by Cormac McCarthy and it is directed by James Franco. The film is about a dispossessed man and social outcast called Lester Ballard who gradually descends into violence and degradation. The film is directed in chapters and there is partial narration which gives more information on Lester's character, background and possible motivations.

This is a very brave and different film. It goes against the grain in that the protagonist is unsympathetic and unpleasant. Scott Haze gives a tremendous performance as Lester Ballard; his performance is both brave and feral.

The direction has quite a fair amount of shaky camera work but that could be a representation of the character's state of mind and the chaos of the environment. Also the sounds reflect the horror that is taking place especially regarding Lester's acts.

Having said all the above I did not like the film. The protagonist is very nasty. The whole film looked and felt dirty and there are elements which are pretty of putting. I am not a prude I have seen worse but the overall effect of the film is scuzzy.

It is worth seeing I guess but if you are easily offended then don't bother.

NSFW; scenes of defecation and necrophilia. Also no subtitles or special features
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David Evolution on 24 Sep 2014
Format: DVD
A somewhat vague and obscure interpretation of Carmac McCarthy's remarkably chilling and harrowing tale, about dispossessed serial killing backwood's man, set in 1950's America, based on true events. Read the book.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER on 16 May 2014
Format: DVD
Scott Haze convincingly plays the title role as Lester Ballard, a mentally deficient adult who lives off the land in rural Tennessee. He is the type of man who yells at passing cars. The film is set in the 1950s (?) in late autumn. The only home Lester has known was recently auctioned off. Through a series of circumstances Lester discovers necrophilia, which has never been one of my favorite film topics, except for maybe as a dark comedy which this wasn't.

I will say the acting was excellent. The story was done well, bravo James Franco, but unfortunately didn't go anywhere. This is an excellent crime/ drama/ thriller, I didn't enjoy.

Parental Guide: F-bomb, sex, necrophilia, nudity (Nina Ljeti, Elena McGhee)
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