If you’re looking for that off-beat movie that will be so refreshing after all the mainstream Hollywood crap, look no further, Black Snake Moan is here! Directed and written by Craig Brewer, whose last movie Hustle & Flow was quite good, this is a drama filled with sexual tension and great music. Actually, there’s a lot of tension in this movie period. Racial, sexual and just general, life tension makes this movie quite an experience. And these are just the strongest motives, we have here poverty, sexual abuse, broken dreams and many other fucked up themes popping out constantly. It’s amazing how Brewer managed to keep this movie from spinning out and stayed on point. Of course, Samuel L. Jackson was phenomenal along with beautiful Christina Ricci, an actress who started her career as Wednesday Adams and in the following years proved that she’s an incredibly talented actress. To counter all that fuckedupness, movie is filled with phenomenal music and I spent a good two weeks after I saw it listening exclusively to the soundtrack and blues in general.

Black Snake Moan [2007] Movie Review Recommendation PosterLazarus is a simple man living in rural Tennessee. He was a blues musician, but in a different life, now he’s just a farmer, barely getting by. As always, trouble just keeps compounding on itself, as his wife leaves him and he starts sinking deeper and deeper into depression with religion as his only light in life. One day he finds a badly beaten girl near his house and immediately takes her in. She seems to be seriously beaten and abused and he decides to nurse her back to health, but he’s methods seem a bit unusual.

There’s something in this movie. I can’t quite describe it, it’s this feeling that the author stumbled upon some deeper truth that penetrates the veneer of race, gender, money and everything else. A human touch, something that helped us evolve from berry eating apes into whatever the fuck we are now. Empathy that we all feel but sometimes find hard to enact in the real world. Here we have an example of man who’s losing everything and still decides to help someone in a best way he knows. And I know she’s this hot girl, but I have a feeling that Lazarus would have helped any man or a woman. This might be it, sort of a vague belief in human kind.

Director: Craig Brewer

Cast: Samuel L. Jackson, Christina Ricci, Justin Timberlake, John Cothran Jr.

Fun Stuff: Christina Ricci wore an actual forty pound chain during filming. Craig Brewer brought various different chains on the set and told Ricci to choose the one that suited her best. Samuel L. Jackson learned to play the guitar for this film, while completing production of Snakes on a Plane (2006)

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IMDb Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0462200/

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