It’s the end of summer, and teenagers Bobby (Jeremy Allen White) and Sue (Mackenzie Davis) are making plans for college, desperate to escape a dead-end existence in their cotton-mill town, the Texan backwater where they have grown up. Yet bullish B.J. (Logan Huffman), Bobby’s best pal and Sue’s boyfriend, manages to drag them into conflict with local hard man Giff (Mark Pellegrino). Giff boasts connections with serious gangsters, and the young trio are vindictively cajoled into carrying out a dangerous heist at his behest.
We Gotta Get Out of This Place is literate neo noir which references Jim Thompson, and nothing is quite what it seems in this debut feature from sibling co-directors Simon and Zeke Hawkins. It is a winning, expertly constructed pulp fiction populated by characters capable of casual deception and violence, while its plot moves at a breathless pace. (Notes by Michael Hayden.)
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★★★★ The Irish Times