Ward Jansen is a reporter for a newspaper and has returned home with close friend Yardley to investigate a murder case.
Younger brother Jack has returned home after a failed stint at university as a swimmer. Ward gives Jack a job on their investigation as their driver.
But the fiancée of the imprisoned convict, stirs up confusing feelings of love and lust for the young Jack.
Ward and Yardley's investigation stirs up deep-rooted issues of race and acceptance which could cause serious consequences for everyone involved....
Having now seen this movie, I really think the makers were not. Trying to make some PC important movie with a message, like Precious, but they have made this movie to shock, and I think that the three main stars were in on the plan too.
Kidman seems like she is trying to prove something his year with Stoker and now this, but she is good, McConaughy is again proving that he is a force to be reckoned with now, rather than being in comedies. Here, he channels Killer Joe.
Efron is as good as always, and will be a huge star, but for now, this is too over the top to shock. The scene where we first meet Cusack, is just plain odd, and the Jellyfish scene is laugh out loud funny, rather than shocking.
Granted, there is one death at the end which did shock me, and the final image is rather haunting, but as I've said, they've really gone into overkill with the imagery, leaving he rather good story sidelined.
The story really only comes to life when Macy Gray is on screen, and weirdly, she is the best thing in this movie.
A curioso movie, but not getting the message across