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Take Me to the River (2015)

Not Rated | | Drama | 26 January 2015 (USA)
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A Californian teenager's plan to come out at his Nebraskan family reunion gets derailed when a bloodstain on his young cousin's dress makes him the unwitting suspect of abuse.

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Matt Sobel

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Matt Sobel
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Complete credited cast:
Logan Miller ... Ryder
Robin Weigert ... Cindy
Josh Hamilton ... Keith
Richard Schiff ... Don
Ursula Parker ... Molly
Azura Skye ... Ruth
Elizabeth Franz ... Evelyn
Ashley Gerasimovich ... Abbey
Grant Young Grant Young ... Jeremy
Seth Young Seth Young ... Trenton
Amy Hostetler Amy Hostetler ... Terry
Ella Jaixen Ella Jaixen ... Keith's Younger Daughter
Athena Mostek Athena Mostek ... Keith's Youngest Daughter
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A Californian teenager's plan to come out at his Nebraskan family reunion gets derailed when a bloodstain on his young cousin's dress makes him the unwitting suspect of abuse.

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Trivia

Ursula Parker (Molly) and Ashley Gerasimovich (Abbey) both played Louie's daughter Jane in Louie (2010) See more »

Goofs

When Ryder ties Molly's shoes she is wearing briefs under her dress. They go immediately to the barn where she is wearing trunk leg underwear. See more »

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References Katy Perry Feat. Snoop Dogg: California Gurls (2010) See more »

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Under Pressure
Performed by Queen & David Bowie
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Matt Sobel is more impressed with himself than I was.
22 June 2016 | by anthonygiancola24See all my reviews

I always prefer to give a film the benefit of the doubt going into it. When I saw the trailer, I thought I knew exactly what was going to happen and didn't need to see it. But I was still curious and decided "you don't know, you could be wrong. Go see it and find out." So, I saw it. And I can safely say I predicted beat for beat what was going to happen.

Now, that is not to say predictability is a bad thing. But this movie seems hellbent on surprising you. Every reveal is treated as a mind blowing revelation, when you've probably already figured it out twenty minutes back. And the movie becomes sterile if you know what's happening. As the film reached its close, I found myself thinking "this can't be the solution, no they're going to pull he rug out from under us. The other shoe has to drop."

But sadly it all ends as you thought it would. Which wouldn't be bad, except the line of dialogue which reveals the "big twist" of the movie comes, and I'm not exaggerating, less than ten minutes in.

There are many good aspects to the movie, and I must praise those when I see them. The cinematography is gorgeous for the budget the movie has, if it isn't at all too reminiscent of TV in Sobel's point and shoot method. The lack of a score calls to mind No Country For Old Men and definitely creates the atmosphere of mystery and suspense Sobel wants to capture. There is one music cue at the end of the movie I find a little out of place tonally, and admittedly laughed when it occurred, but that's a minor complaint.

Where the movie really stands tall is on the shoulders of its actors. Logan Miller, the films lead, once again shines and shows great promise as a young actor as the young gay son of Robin Weigret and Richard Schiff (who both turn in stellar performances). Josh Hamilton makes a thrilling turn as the shifty uncle and father of Molly, the girl with whom the plot revolves around. The other standout in the movie is the young Ursula Parker as Molly, where she shows a naturalism and charm without being an annoying child actor.

Matt Sobel has the capacity to make a great movie, but sadly Take Me To The River isn't it.


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26 January 2015 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Loup City, Nebraska, USA

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Opening Weekend USA:

$1,509, 20 March 2016

Gross USA:

$28,041

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$28,041
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