Date Screened: 16th September 2013
“Mud” is an adventure about two boys, Ellis and his friend Neckbone, who find a man named Mud hiding out on an island in the Mississippi. Mud describes fantastic scenarios—he killed a man in Texas and vengeful bounty hunters are coming to get him. He says he is planning to meet and escape with the love of his life, Juniper, who is waiting for him in town. Skeptical but intrigued, Ellis and Neckbone agree to help him. It isn’t long until Mud’s visions come true and their small town is besieged by a beautiful girl with a line of bounty hunters in tow.
DIRECTORS: Jeff Nichols
RUNNING TIME: 130 minutes
COUNTRY: United States
BBFC RATING: 12A (Click here for the full classification report)
Reaction Index Score: 84%
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Rather like the ark-esque boat that’s bodged back to life with pinched parts and blind faith at the centre of Jeff Nichols’ story, Mud is pleasingly reminiscent of other sun-dappled, boys’ own adventures that are so evocative of time and place.Just staring at the screen induces the taste of fried chicken and a sense of sticky heat. … Click here for the full review and rating