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Undertow [DVD] [2005] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Jamie Bell , Josh Lucas , David Gordon Green    DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Jamie Bell, Josh Lucas, Dermot Mulroney, Devon Alan, Kristen Stewart
  • Directors: David Gordon Green
  • Writers: David Gordon Green, Joe Conway, Lingard Jervey
  • Producers: Alessandro Camon, Edward R. Pressman, John Schmidt, Lisa Muskat
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Colour, Dolby, Dubbed, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Portuguese, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: 26 April 2005
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007R4T3K
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 147,411 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



The dazed, dreamlike world of director David Gordon Green remains intact, although Undertow has more story than his previous gems (All the Real Girls, George Washington). In the hot, green Georgia countryside, a man (Dermot Mulroney) lives with his two sons on a farm; their existence is shattered by the arrival of the man's Faulknerian brother (Josh Lucas), a dangerous sort with an ulterior motive. The movie that follows is like The Night of the Hunter filtered through a Days of Heaven lens--there's even a Heaven-like narration provided by Jamie Bell. That's what you get for having Terrence Malick produce your movie. The plot doesn't always sit comfortably with Green's uncanny style--sometimes it feels like an intrusion on a private world of childhood--and Josh Lucas is "actory" in a way that most Green actors are not. Green is at his best when noticing some stray detail (the younger brother likes to arrange his books according to smell), not when connecting the dots of story. Still, the images will stick in your mind, Tim Orr's cinematography is superb, and Philip Glass provides a suitably mysterioso score. --Robert Horton


David Gordon Green's third film finds the audacious director trying his hand at a new genre. This time, Green ups the dramatic ante by thrusting his dreamy characters into the world of an action-packed thriller. Chris Munn (an astounding Jamie Bell) is a troubled teenager who can't seem to stay out of trouble. His hard-nosed father, John (Dermot Mulroney), and younger brother, Tim (newcomer Devon Alan), are his only companions. But when John's long-lost brother Deel (Josh Lucas) shows up for a reunion of sorts, the past comes back to haunt everyone. Deel and John were involved in a bitter love triangle as young men, which led to Deel's subsequent incarceration. The brothers also never resolved an issue surrounding stolen gold coins that belonged to their father. When the coins are brought into light, tragedy strikes, forcing Chris and Tim to embark on a frantic journey through the South, trailed by the furious and murderous Deel. With Undertow, David Gordon Green delivers another invigorating motion picture. Working with the same crew that helped to make George Washington and All The Real Girls such luminous viewing experiences especially director of photography Tim Orr and sound recordist Christof Gebert, Green has also brought a new voice into the mix: world-renowned composer Philip Glass, who contributes a memorably haunting score. The result is a film that pays homage to gritty B-movies of the 1970s through its electrifying use of freeze-frames, slow-motion, and gratuitous camera zooms.

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3.0 out of 5 stars A forgettable movie made memorable by its oddity 25 July 2005
Undertow is an exceedingly odd movie, yet it is its very oddness that makes it compelling. If nothing else, it makes the film memorable - and I don't think it would have been otherwise. I don't know where this is supposed to be set in the South, but it looks like the film had someone in charge of nothing else but finding the most depressing locations of squalor out there. Poverty apparently causes brain damage, judging by this film, because there is not one truly sane person to be found in the cast of characters. At its heart, I suppose Undertow is basically a human story, but it comes down to a tale of two pairs of brothers. Chris (Jamie Bell) and the younger Tim (Devon Alan) live with their pa John Munn (Dermot Mulroney) out in the middle of nowhere, a human pig sty out in the sticks somewhere. After the death of his wife, John took his sons and basically retreated from the whole world. Chris is always getting into trouble, and we first meet him running from some little hick girl's daddy and suffering a most painful injury sure to make you wince. You immediately say to your self that this kid just ain't right - and then you meet the family. It's hard to read the father; he's tough on Chris, easy on Tim, but hardly supportive in his paternal role. Tim has some health problems - although they would seem to be mental, as the boy has a tendency to eat any nasty substance he gets his hands on. Your all-American family, this is not.
Things are at least bearable - until John's jailbird brother shows up unexpectedly. Even before we learn about the issues John and Deel had in their past, it's easy to see that ol' Deel is up to no good.
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4.0 out of 5 stars `Don't Ever Let the Same Dog Bite You Twice' 6 Mar 2012
By Tommy Dooley TOP 50 REVIEWER
This was one on my `should have seen sooner list', it is a film from 2004 and is the third effort from director (and co-writer) David Gordon Green and received a very mixed response from critics on release.

It is about two brothers, Chris Munn (Jamie Bell) and Tim (Devon Allan), his younger sibling. They live in the back arse of nowhere in rural Georgia. Their father John (Dermot Mulroney) keeps them away from school and they seem to live a sort of subsistence life, which due to lack of social interaction has left them all a tad dysfunctional. Whilst Chris finds encounters with the local law officials a way of tempering his isolation, the younger Tim seems to withdraw further into a life that predicates the future solely in reference to the little past he can remember.

Then one day a big surprise as a car rolls up the dust road bringing a relative the boys did not know about. It is Deel (Josh Lucas), their errant Uncle, who has just been released from prison. After a tenuous reunion, it soon becomes apparent that Deel isn't really into the welfare of his brothers' family but more into the inheritance that he thinks he has been swindled out of.

This leads to the inevitable confrontation that sees Chris and Tim go on the run. It is at this point that similarities to the absolute classic `Night of the Hunter' are made. That is a misleading comparison as it is only related to in the way the plot develops.

This though, is a well made and observed film, the acting is all excellent especially so for Jamie Bell and Devon Allan who both received Young Artist Awards for their performances. It is a slow, builder of a film that is shot in a dream like way that belies some of the violence and double play.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Lyrical Southern Tale 15 Jun 2005
The story of Undertow begins simply enough. Chris Munn (Jamie Bell) is a wild teenager living with his father and brother in rural Georgia. He always seems to be getting in his trouble with the law. His father feels stretched to the limit caring for Chris and his sickly younger brother Tim. Then the boys' uncle Dermot walks into their lives after a mysterious long-term stint in a prison. The momentum of the story quickly picks up when the boys are suddenly sent running for their lives. As if in a fable, the brothers must wander aimlessly in a perilous wilderness while trying to hide a secret.
Director David Gordon Green's two previous feature films, George Washington and All the Real Girls, explored the rich inner drama of rural landscapes and the people who inhabit them. Undertow continues in this vein with a tale that is decidedly more like a Hardy Boys' thriller. But at the same time it contains the psychological and moral density of a film like Night of the Hunter whose story it oftentimes resembles. Although Green's films thus far seem to be similarly themed he has declared that he has a great desire to make a movie about a monkey and racing that includes lots of fart gags. Jamie Bell gives a tremendous performance as a rebellious teenage boy who must quickly mature in extreme circumstances. It makes you want to follow his journey all the way to the movie's startling ending.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ignore them 24 Jun 2007
its true this movie isn't for the average guy wanting to cozy on the couch on a saturday night-its more of an experimentation. Still much better than tom cruise blasting through the bleedin air! its a big mesh of idiosyncrasy and fantasy all in the disguise of a typical hollywood film! it doesnt quite work as well for me as David gordon greens fantastic all the real girls but There are moments in this film -if you're willing to invest in it- that will stay with you all your life. yep and jamie bells fantastic...again!
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