Back Roads

2018

Action / Crime / Drama / Thriller

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Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 53% · 30 reviews
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 98% · 1K ratings
IMDb Rating 6.3/10 10 5538 5.5K

Director

Top cast

Juliette Lewis as Bonnie Altmyer
Jennifer Morrison as Callie Mercer
Nicola Peltz as Amber Altmyer
Robert Patrick as Chief Mansour
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852.31 MB
1280*682
English 2.0
NR
23.976 fps
1 hr 41 min
Seeds 4
1.61 GB
1920*1024
English 2.0
NR
23.976 fps
1 hr 41 min
Seeds 2

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by dizznmo 9 / 10

Hard to watch but not for the reasons of MCJenson

So one reviewer called it trash and all the characters trashy losers, I don't get that. Either she cut out early before becoming aware of why these poor abused kids were the way they were or she just a snob who looks down her nose at people who are not as fortunate as her. Director and actor Alex Pettyfor obviously wanted to show people the horror of child abuse and the spiderweb of messed up things created after the trauma. I felt he did an amazing job of showing this. There's not much worse than child abuse except for people who call them trash for the way they handle that trauma. My heart goes out to all of them as well as my prayers! Ty Alex Pettyfor!

Reviewed by deloudelouvain 7 / 10

Good drama

I see some reviewers thought this movie was too slow but to me it was made at the right pace as this is a story that is slowly evolving, from a dramatic beginning to a disturbing climax. The acting was faultless with all the actors and actresses giving a special touch to their characters. The main character Harley Altmyer is played by Alex Pettyfer and he definitely makes this movie worth watching. A traumatized young adult with huge responsabilities discovers the other gender for the first time and that while coping with the things that are haunting him from the past and present. For a drama it was better than I expected.

Reviewed by Wuchakk 6 / 10

Gloomy and painful drama about a fudged-up family in the Eastern sticks

After a mother (Juliette Lewis) goes to prison for shooting her husband in a backwater town in the Eastern USA, a young man (Alex Pettyfer) has to forsake college and take care of his three younger sisters, including a teenage hellion (Nicola Peltz). Meanwhile a wife who lives down the lane catches his interest (Jennifer Morrison).

"Back Roads" (2018) is a melancholy psychological family drama with a crime element that could be classified as Southern Gothic. While the events take place in Western Pennsylvania they could occur in any backwater community in the Eastern USA or Canada. The film was shot in St. Francisville, Louisiana, which is a half-hour drive north of Baton Rouge along the Mississippi.

Films that come to mind include "Mud" (2012), "Joe" (2013), "Winter's Bone" (2010), "Undertow" (2004), "Snow Angels" (2007), "Monster's Ball" (2001) and "The Fugitive Kind" (1960). The flick leaves you with a bad taste because it deals with some ugly things and features painful emotions, not to mention it's unrelentingly gloomy. If you think your family growing up was dysfunctional, you ain't seen nothing. But, if you reflect on the movie and the understated clues, everything makes sense and is well-written, based on Tawni O'Dell 1999 novel. Just don't expect a pleasant time.

The film runs 1 hour, 41 minutes.

GRADE: B-/C+

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