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Black Snake Moan (2007)

Cast: Samuel L. Jackson, Christina Ricci, Christina Ricci, more...
Director: Heather Grierson, Craig Brewer, Craig Brewer
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Studio: Paramount
Genre: Drama, Romance
Running Time: 115 min.
Languages: English, French
Subtitles: English, Spanish
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When a weathered, God-fearing ex-blues musician finds the town nymphomaniac severely beaten and left for dead on the side of the road, he vows to cure her of her wicked ways in Hustle & Flow director Craig Brewer's raw and unflinching follow-up. Lazarus (Samuel L. Jackson) is a hard-living ex-blues guitarist for whom the troubled days are beginning to outnumber the good. Rae (Christina Ricci) is a 22-year-old sex addict whose wild ways are finally about to catch up with her. When Lazarus discovers Rae covered in dust and clinging to life on the side of the road, he takes her in and nurses her back to health; but Lazarus isn't your typical caregiver, he's more concerned for Rae's immortal soul than he is for her physical well-being. Now, after chaining Rae down and employing the power of the Good Book to curb the salacious seductress' hedonistic ways, Lazarus will be forced to confront his own darkest demons in order to save the soul of a woman whose one-way ticket to hell has already been paid in full. Now, as Lazarus wages a righteous struggle to redeem the soul of the fallen Rae while simultaneously ensuring that his own life hasn't been lived in vain, the situation threatens to explode as Rae's possessive boyfriend, Ronnie (Justin Timberlake) -- a roughneck Guardsman currently preparing for a tour of duty in Iraq -- comes searching for his missing lover. ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

A melodramatic morality fable saved by its actors by SBarnett August 3, 2007 - 1:25 PM PDT
2 out of 2 members found this review helpful
Mix "Mandingo," "Napoleon Dynamite," "The Jerry Springer Show," and plays like "The Lottery" and you begin to get an idea of how strange "Black Snake Moan" is. It inhabits a timeless Southern dreamworld of its own creation in which the sun shines brightly on the roses, thunderstorms rattle the windows on cue, buzzing cicadas accompany the onset of nymphomania, and Justin Timberlake knocks Samuel L. Jackson over the head with a pistol. The story is a standard morality play of sin, struggle, and redemption passed through a Southern Gothic prism of race, poverty, sex, and violence. What keeps this from being an unwatchable mess is first and foremost Samuel L. Jackson, and also Christina Ricci and Justin Timberlake. Jackson takes a crass stereotype of a character and fills him to the brim with passion, pain, and purpose--and plays some great guitar in the bargain. You can't stop thinking about "The Addams Family" and "Monster" as you watch Ricci, and somehow that fits right in. Timbalake is a surprisingly good actor (maybe not surprising since his music, like that of Ludacris, seems to be mostly acting, anyway), even if the pieces of his character don't form a complete puzzle. This film has some fine scenes and some embarrassingly poor ones, but worth watching nonetheless.

Saved by aBonnett July 13, 2007 - 6:45 PM PDT
2 out of 3 members found this review helpful
Sometimes people find salvation in the most unlikely places. In Black Snake Moan these two characters are at the point of self destruction when a chance meeting finds them bringing eachother back from proverbial death. It was raw and moving and surorisingly hopeful. The acting was superb. I would definitely recommend it.

GreenCine Member Rating

(Average 7.38)
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