I caught this movie randomly on TV one night and was hooked from the place I started until the end. What first caught my eye was seeing Nicolas Cage, and him having a southern accent. That quickly grew to the story itself and for the realness I felt that the movie brought to the screen. The story is a friendship/redemption story about an ex con who meets a down and out abused kid who he seeks to protect, by any means necessary… Great acting from all of the actors, especially Nicolas Cage in this one, and an powerful story that shows that life isn’t easy for everyone in the world, including America. If you’re a fan of a hard hitting redemption like indie film, then this is one you should definitely check out!
A gripping mix of friendship, violence and redemption erupts in the contemporary South in this adaptation of Larry Brown’s novel, celebrated at once for its grit and its deeply moving core. Directed by David Gordon Green, JOE film brings Academy Award® winner Nicolas Cage back to his indie roots in the title role as the hard-living, hot-tempered, ex-con Joe Ransom, who is just trying to dodge his instincts for trouble — until he meets a hard-luck kid, (MUD’s Tye Sheridan) who awakens in him a fierce and tender-hearted protector. With a screenplay by Gary Hawkins, JOE is based on the novel by the late Larry Brown (Big Bad Love, Facing the Moon), the former Mississippi firefighter renowned for his powerful, gothic storytelling and universal themes of honor, desperation and moral rectitude.