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on 28 July 2016
Matthew McConaughey is a great actor and I thought he'd be good in this. I was wrong. This is a pretty dull film and the kids out act everyone else! It feels quite low budget and I wouldn't recommend it. But if you do want to watch it then this is the main plot:

2 kids find a man living out in the middle of nowhere and befriend him. They try to help him reunite with his girlfriend. They then find out he's an escaped convict wanted for murder and then.....you'll have to watch it to find the ending
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on 2 March 2017
Mud has shot a man because he hurt his childhood sweetheart. He waits for his love on the banks of the Mississippi while planning their escape and hiding from the law and a violent gang seeking revenge. Two boys find him and strike up an uneasy bond. The menace doesn't only come from vengeful and desperate men with guns. It comes from a feeling of inevitability, that all these lives we see living on the edge will be forever changed if they survive.

This is reminiscent of 'Stand By Me' (1986) and 'The Client' (1994) so if you like those movies chances are high you'll like this. At it's core are two friends on the verge of manhood swept up into a dangerous chain of events. While the cast was generally great, with all leads including Reese Witherspoon, Matthew McConaughey and Ray Mckinnon and Sarah Paulson putting in memorable performances, it was the young actors Tye Sheridan and Jacob Lofland who stole the show. There is a frustrated innocence and idealism to Tye's character, Ellis, who echoes the outlaw Mud (McConaughey) in recklessness romanticism and frustrated dreams. This is a 'friend movie' and a 'coming of age' pressure cooker thriller; slow burning and set against the backdrop of a vanishing community living on the banks of the mighty Mississippi river as it flows through an Arkansas town. If you like your thrillers fast paced this one may not be to your taste. If you like them full of suspense, undercurrents, great characters and some rural Americana this is one to watch.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 11 August 2014
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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on 8 January 2015
Only average.
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on 25 December 2016
Could not understand a word had to use subtitles! Why do people make films with actors who have such bad diction.
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on 31 July 2017
I borrowed this 130 min drama REGION B/2 DVD and am glad that I was able to return it as it's not the type of film you would want to watch twice. It's ok for a dark winters night if there is nothing of interest on the television.
Two young 14 year old boys Ellis (Tye Sheridan) and Neckbone (Jacob Lofland) set out by boat to an island on the Mississippi River and discover a boat suspended high up in a tree. After investigating they realize that someone is living there. When they return to their boat they are greeted by a scruffy, suspicious character Mud (Mathew McConaughey) who need their help in tracing his "girlfriend" Juniper (Reese Witherspoon). At a later meeting they discover the real reason he is on the island. Will they help him, report him to the authorities or something else?
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on 30 May 2017
Mud is a drama that is quite overstuffed. By that, I mean there is a lot going on during its 130 minutes runtime, some scenes work better than others. Matthew McConaughey plays a man only known to us as Mud, on the run (I won't spoil why) and is trying to find an escape route. Tye Sheridan's Ellis comes across him and soon starts to help him out. Sheridan is absolutely magnificent in this, he manages to hold the film together which is no easy task considering how young he was. McConaughey was fine, I didn't think it was anything special. The main crime here is not utilising Reese Witherspoon and Michael Shannon enough, having prolific actors in small roles just takes away from the film. The story was interesting for the most part, it took awhile to settle on a main plot but I was enthralled and I liked the elusiveness behind Mud. Lots of themes here, the main one being love in which Ellis finds love and Mud hopes to maintain it. A few subplots such as Ellis' parents getting a divorce, police trying to find Mud...none of these are explored thoroughly so really does not contribute to much. Jeff Nichols is a great director, some nice one shot scenes and everything looks stunning. I enjoyed Mud, fortunately Sheridan singlehandedly saved this from becoming a boring overstuffed drama. Give it time, and you'll be engrossed.
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on 6 July 2014
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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Two fourteen-year old boys befriend a stranger (Matthew McConaughey) who has been living on their secret island in the Mississippi River. His name is "Mud," he's wanted for murder, and he's being followed by some very dangerous men.

This movie is a real gem; it's smart, honest, and edge-of-your-seat exciting. It portrays the boys' hardscrabble life in their backwater town with uncompromising violence and grit and is also filled with decency, understanding, and many forms of love.

The two newcomers who play the boys are natural actors, both expressive and sympathetic. McConaughey plays a tough guy who never had a break; he's an anti-hero to root for. Reese Witherspoon has a small but important role as Mud's trampy girlfriend and Sam Shepherd and Joe Don Baker round out the excellent cast.

All of the characters are well-developed and the audience comes to really care about them. The story blends good bits from "Stand By Me," "A Perfect World," "Whistle Down the Wind," and even "Tom Sawyer" and is still unique. It pulls no punches and is truly enjoyable. 4.5 stars.
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on 17 August 2013
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. The quiet contemplation of the first half is transformed into something of a more traditional thriller which ultimately delivers a degree of accessibility and satisfaction that a more subtle denouement wouldn't offer. Visually `Mud' is flawless, capturing the natural scenery and earthy characters with incredibly beautiful shots - pulsating with a feeling of time and place, part 21st century, but all organic and untamed, with men and boys who don't just live on the river, they're part of it. `Mud' is a deeply affecting look at the confusion and heartbreak of young love told as a timeless piece of rural Americana, drawing on the classic traditions of Mark Twain. A lyrical odyssey as enduring as the river that forms its setting.
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