Main Plot Points:
- Set in the early 1970s, The World Made Straight is an adaptation of North Carolina writer Ron Rash’s acclaimed novel of the same name.
- In a rural Appalachian community haunted by the legacy of a Civil War massacre, young and rebellious Travis Shelton (Jeremy Irvine) finds himself ensnared in the violence of the past and the subtle evils of the present.
What We Thought:
- The World Made Straight is a decent drama, but a bit slow and long at times.
- It reminded me of something we would have seen from Cormac McCarthy or Elmore Leonard. A cross between Justified and Child of God.
- Noah Wyle is pretty solid in it. I haven’t seem him do a character which isn’t the hero type in a while so it’s a good change for him.
- Same for Minka Kelly who’s a strung out prostitute type in this. She’s usually the beautiful girl. Speaking of beautiful girl, the more I see of Adelaide Clemens, the more I like. She’s in so many different types of movies.
- I’m actually not super familiar with the lead Jeremy Irvine. He was good though. Nice seeing Haley Joel Osment working again as well.
- It’s a familiar story we’ve seen before especially in an Appalachian backdrop. Sometimes it’s moon shining, this time it’s weed. Small town, everyone knows each other’s business. Like I said, reminded me of Justified a lot.
- The World Made Straight looks really good as well. I liked the set design and color tone of the film. I’ve seen similar films before and some better. It’s not bad, but if more happened or the film tightened up more, I might have liked it more.
Notable Cast & Crew:
- Jeremy Irvine
- Noah Wyle
- Minka Kelly
- Adelaide Clemens
Recommended if You Like:
- Child of God
- Cormac McCarthy or Elmore Leonard Type Stories