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Pulled from cinemas on it's original release, Addio zio Tom is now a bit of an oddball curio. Directors Gualtiero Jacopetti and Franco Prosperi of Mondo cane fame present a faux-documentary, where their film crew is able to present the 'real' horrors of slavery.
What is designed to provoke shock and outrage, like a lot of exploitation films of this era, is totally unconvincing. Thus any real horror is leapfrogged on the way to pure sleaze. That's often the fun…
David Gordon Green's Joe plays like a darker version of Jeff Nichols' superb film Mud. This time it's Nic Cage, showing what he can do when he actually gives a crap, who comes to the aid of an abused young man (Tye Sheridan, who was actually in Mud) in the weird backwoods of the USA. Performances are great, direction is excellent, and Cage has never been better.
Visually spectacular, but oddly unengaging. At times brilliant, at times painfully hamfisted, with a dying Earth premise that never quite rings true. The cast are great and the concepts weighty and fascinating, but too often it feels like parts were rushed to get to the bits Nolan was interested in (a bit bizarre in a 3-hour film). The 2001 references are likewise rather too on the nose. Admirable for it's scope and ambition, but lacking Nolan's normal skill in execution.