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504 Ratings


Directed by David Gordon Green
United States, 2013


Nicolas Cage stars as a hard-living ex-con who becomes friend and protector for a hard-luck kid (Tye Sheridan; The Tree of Life, Mud), in this contemporary Southern gothic tale from acclaimed filmmaker David Gordon Green (George Washington, All the Real Girls).

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Joe Directed by David Gordon Green
Green’s regular cinematographer, Tim Orr, brings to the exteriors his characteristically ripe, rich palette. Less predictable is the way the apparently squalid interiors compete in this aesthetic beauty contest. Sunlight blasts through coloured curtains, drenching one room in a brothel a lush orange, the next a ridiculous pink that tickles the eye. Divisions between external and internal, home and nature, are being eroded subtly.
July 25, 2014
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Green affirms his film’s classist hopelessness by a sense of daring meta positioning: By pitting a privileged movie star against a true member of the walking damned, and ironically asking you to root for the star under the guise of empathizing with the damned.
June 15, 2014
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Green has produced one of his very finest films to date, and a showcase for Cage’s best actorly instincts… In its own oblique way, Joe, adapted by Gary Hawkins from the late Larry Brown’s novel, is a kind of male-centered American answer to the films of Belgium’s Dardenne brothers.
May 01, 2014
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