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American drama starring Matthew McConaughey and Reese Witherspoon. With nothing else to do for the summer, Ellis (Tye Sheridan) and Neckbone (Jacob Lofland) take to exploring the banks of the Mississippi where they find a boat nestled in a tree. As they begin making plans to use the boat, they quickly realise that someone is living in it and it isn't long before they're introduced to its owner, Mud (McConaughey). A relationship forms between the three and Mud promises to let the boys have the vessel if they continue bringing him food and help him reunite with his lost love, Juniper (Witherspoon). But when they agree to help, they soon realise that Mud is a wanted man and that a gang of bounty hunters are in hot pursuit...

Starring:
Tye Sheridan, Reese Witherspoon
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Mud

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Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 2 hours 10 minutes
Starring Tye Sheridan, Reese Witherspoon, Matthew McConaughey, Paul Sparks, Sam Shepard, Joe Don Baker, Ray McKinnon, Sarah Paulson, Bonnie Sturdivant, Michael Shannon, Jacob Lofland
Director Jeff Nichols
Genres Drama
Studio ENTERTAINMENT ONE
Rental release 2 September 2013
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 2 hours 10 minutes
Starring Tye Sheridan, Reese Witherspoon, Matthew McConaughey, Paul Sparks, Sam Shepard, Joe Don Baker, Ray McKinnon, Sarah Paulson, Bonnie Sturdivant, Michael Shannon, Jacob Lofland
Director Jeff Nichols
Genres Drama
Studio ENTERTAINMENT ONE
Rental release 2 September 2013
Main languages English

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50 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Ben Smith [SHELF HEROES] on 17 Aug 2013
Format: DVD
A coming-of-age story, set on the banks of the Mississippi River, that manages to be both thrilling and spiritually profound. Two adventurous Arkansas boys, Ellis (Tye Sheridan) and Neckbone (Jacob Lofland), discover a dilapidated boat wedged high up in a tree on a small island. Setting their sights on making it their own, their plans are scuppered when they meet the mysterious Mud (Matthew McConaughey), a heavily superstitious fugitive with crosses nailed in his boots and a winding snake inked on his arm, who is living in the boat. He is back in town to reconnect with his true love, Juniper (Reese Witherspoon). Ellis feels an immediate kinship with him and his quest, and the boys set about helping fix up the boat. As his parents' relationship suffers at home, and Mud's dark past resurfaces, Ellis's life begins to change irreversibly as he takes his first tentative steps away from childhood.

Mud may be the titular character but this is very much his and Ellis's story - two naive romantics who believe in love in the purest, traditional way and as a result suffer in its volatile hands. McConaughey is remarkable, emanating an eerie tranquillity that masks a burning anger - every second he's on screen, time seems to slow to the speed of his protracted metrical speech. Despite his enormous presence, it's the performance of young Tye Sheridan that really stands out for its naturalism and impressive range. Every emotion that courses through him has an intense authenticity, making every experience we share thoroughly moving.

This is a sentimental film that touches on melodrama, and isn't as nuanced as it may initially appear - but is no less worthy or absorbing because of it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By rbmusicman TOP 100 REVIEWER on 7 Sep 2013
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Two lads come across a man hiding out on an island on the Mississippi.
the man says he is waiting for someone, then telling them it's a long
lost love who lives in the nearby town on the mainland.
He's soon asking them to bring him food and parts to help him get the
boat which is currently lodged in a tree, working.
The man tells the boys to call him 'Mud'(Mathew McConaughey)
The boys soon realize that their new friend is on the run and attracting the
attention of both the law and bounty hunters.
'Ellis'(Tye Sheridan) and 'Neckbone' (Jacob Lofland) form a trusting friendship with the stranger and
try to help the man they now know as 'Mud'
Who is this man ? what crime has he committed ?
This for me is the best role I've seen 'Matthew McConaughey play...so far.
a film that tells of trust, truth, fantasy and friendship, a touching tale,
well worthy of a viewing.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By The Com on 9 July 2013
Format: DVD
Mud is a movie of unexpected pleasures; both the boys are outstanding; Reese Witherspoon is great (although not quite as fabolous as Nicole Kidman in the Paperboy); Mcconaughey is once again excellent; the scenery and cinematography are a pleasure and the story is wistful, uplifting, real, sad, shocking, funny and everything else you could wish it to be. We drove 40 miles to see it at the cinema and it was worth every minute of the trip. Settle back and enjoy the show.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lola TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 11 Aug 2014
Format: DVD
There is a hypnotized fairy-tale side to “Mud”, a coming of age story, which centres around two boys of rural Arkansas - Ellis and his friend Neckbone. The boys find a man named Mud hiding out on an island in the Mississippi. The mysterious Mud tells elaborate stories of vengeful killings and love of a lifetime. Dubious but fascinated, and very much into the stories of a romantic knight fighting for his one true love, Ellis and Neckbone agree to help him. Growing up in the process.

“Mud” is a small scale, character driven production, which could feel too slow, thoughtful and broody. Slow does not mean boring, it just means you need to be in the right type of mood for “Mud” to fully enjoy the slow-burning storytelling.

And seriously, the whole love-story business between Mud and Juniper – not very believable. I was convinced when Ellis had his heart broken.
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An excellent film!!! I didn't know they still made 'em like this! Absolutely brilliant. Fantastic story with a really good cast. The best film I have seen in years.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER on 28 July 2013
Format: DVD
The film centers on 14 year old Ellis (Tye Sheridan) who along with his friend Neckbone (Jacob Lofland) befriend a fugitive who lives isolated on on island in the middle of the Mississippi near Arkansas. Eliis learns hard lessons in life as he attempts to help Mud (Matthew McConaughey) all the while his parents are getting divorced and his whole life is changing.

This is an interesting film involving character. The action moves at a medium pace while building and exploring character. A film more for indie lovers than those of the action genre. Worth a view.

Parental Guide: No f-bombs, sex, or nudity. Some adult themes.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By J. Morris TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 29 July 2013
Format: DVD
Mud (Matthew McConaughey - The Lincoln Lawyer) is an outlaw living on an island in the bayou of the Mississippi. When two local boys, Ellis & Neck-bone show up to investigate a beached boat, stuck high in a tree, Mud finds two allies to help him in his reparations. He needs to get in contact with his sweetheart Juniper (Reese Witherspoon) to make good his escape, but with bounty-hunters hot on his crucifix-marked heels, will Mud manage to make it out?

Mud is a simply brilliant film, containing many components of a coming of age film for the excellent Tye Sheridan and Jacob Lofland, their friendship and wariness of Mud is affable, tangible and resultantly believable. For two young lads to be such capable actors is a feat in itself. The boat serves as an excellent metaphor for resurrection, getting Mud back out there, refloating him from his washed-up situation. There is beautiful symbolism to this film; the boys approaching the neck of the river, mirrored by the men approaching the sea for example. The director Jeff Nichols (Take Shelter) has used the natural beauty of the Arkansas delta to perfect effect and Michael Shannon (also from Take Shelter and the higher-profile Man of Steel) also makes an appearance as Neck-Bone's mussel-diving uncle.
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