We Gotta Get Out Of This Place review

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Written by Dutch Southern and steeped in Jim Thompson-style noir, Simon and Zeke Hawkins’ low-budget debut shows genuine promise. When Texan teen B.J. (Logan Huffman) steals the local psycho’s money for one last hurrah with best friend Bobby (Jeremy Allen White) and girlfriend Sue (Mackenzie Davis), he lands everyone in deep spit.

Though its influences ( Badlands , early Coens) are writ large, and the denouement disappoints, the performances convince, the dialogue captivates and the sense of backwater boredom is overpowering.

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Matt Glasby is a freelance film and TV journalist. You can find his work on Total Film - in print and online - as well as at publications like the Radio Times, Channel 4, DVD REview, Flicks, GQ, Hotdog, Little White Lies, and SFX, among others. He is also the author of several novels, including The Book of Horror: The Anatomy of Fear in Film and Britpop Cinema: From Trainspotting To This Is England.