100W: Deliverance

As a writer, it is a regular expectation to keep to a strict word count. Every time you pick up a magazine, articles can be a small 100-word write-up or a 1000-word review. My own notes for the many films seen are always over 100 words – so this is a new feature that will focus on reviewing films in a concise 100 words.

Deliverance (Dir. John Boorman/1972)

Deliverance is known for the “duel of the banjos” when we see a man-child compete with Ronny Cox. But the “crazy hicks” look at the city-guys suspiciously too – and this tension is central. Lewis (Burt Reynolds) is arrogant; Ed (Jon Voight) is innocent; Bobby (Ned Beatty) is the victim. Canoeing downstream, they meet local men who rape and hold them at gunpoint. They survive, but scars run deeper than skin. An influence on Mean Creek amongst others, Deliverance continues past the holiday itself too – and shows that you can’t erase memories, despite how much you try and bury them.
Large Association of Movie Blogs
Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s