Monday, February 20, 2012

THAT EVENING SUN (2009)

Legendary actor Hal Holbrook plays Abner Meecham, an old man who after a fall was placed in an old folks home by his son. Abner doesn't like it there, so one day he just simply walks out. He catches a ride back to his farm only to find that his son has rented his homestead out to a white trash family headed up by Lonzo Choat. Unwilling to give up the home he's worked his entire life for, he moves into a small shack off to the side of the big house and refuses to leave. What follows next is an increasingly volatile standoff between Meecham and Choat.

So close to being awesome. The first two acts of the story were really good. Excellent character development, lots of tension building, but then it seems the writer wrote himself into a corner because the ending, at least to me, was a major letdown. I was hoping for something explosive and memorable. Instead THAT EVENING SUN drops with a thud.

Worth a watch for sure, if only for Hal Holbrook's performance. I'm kinda surprised that he didn't receive an Oscar nomination for his performance, but then again the Academy has never been known for making smart decisions. The entire supporting cast is also very good (I was very pleased to see Mia Wasikowska from JANE EYRE). Too bad they didn't have just a little more to work with.