Recently highly likable and talented actor Anton Yelchin died in a freak accident. While, according to IMDB, he has a couple of films in post-production The Driftless Area is one of his last films. Sad (for many reasons) as the guy had a bright future ahead of him and was one of those rare actors who seemed to do it for the right reasons. Meaning he took roles in loads of independent or smaller films rather than do stuff for money or fame.
All that being said The Driftless Area is one of those smaller, odd films that make up a high percentage of his work. It involves plenty of acting talent in the form of Yelchin, Ciaran Hinds, Zooey Deschanel, John Hawkes, Aubrey Plaza, and Frank Langella. Unfortunately that does not lead to a quality film.
After his parents’ death, Pierre (Anton Yelchin – Fright Night, Terminator: Salvation) returns to the small town he grew up in. After being rescued from the bottom of an old well by the mysterious Stella (Zooey Deschanel – from–the television’s New Girl), Pierre falls head over heels for her.
While their relationship strengthens, Pierre finds himself embroiled in a dangerous situation involving some money and small time criminal, Shane (John Hawkes – American Gangster, Lincoln). Shane is hunting Pierre down with aide of Ned (Ciaran Hinds – Frozen, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2) and Jean (Aubrey Plaza – from television’s Parks and Recreation). Little does Pierre know, but there is a connection between his new love and the man after him.
Zachary Sluser’s (first film) film, based on a novel by Tom Drury, attempts a look at fate and how little control we have over it. Though I have to admit that the message was fairly muddled for me. All wrapped in the oddness and quirky moments of the film. Maybe catching its drift involves multiple viewings, but I have to admit I am not inspired to do so.
The first half is better than the second as it begins to drag as it goes on. The cast is really the reason to watch the film, especially Zooey Deschanel doing something different, as they give it the old college try. In the end I was not even sure what the film’s point or message was. Not sure what it was all about.
-Making The Driftless Area
-Previews of Stealing Cars, Ratter, Hello My Name is Doris, Home Invasion, Concussion, The 5th Wave