Rudderless

2014 "The way back begins with a single chord."
7.5| 1h45m| en
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A grieving father in a downward spiral stumbles across a box of his recently deceased son's demo tapes and lyrics. Shocked by the discovery of this unknown talent, he forms a band in the hope of finding some catharsis.

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Perry Kate Very very predictable, including the post credit scene !!!
CommentsXp Best movie ever!
StyleSk8r At first rather annoying in its heavy emphasis on reenactments, this movie ultimately proves fascinating, simply because the complicated, highly dramatic tale it tells still almost defies belief.
Kaydan Christian A terrific literary drama and character piece that shows how the process of creating art can be seen differently by those doing it and those looking at it from the outside.
Sam Islam The moment when i watched the trailer i knew it would be interesting because it was an indie drama and it has great musical scores. But there were more to the movie then the drama of losing your child.In the first part of the movie we see Sam wasting his life trying to cope with the passing of his son. He teams up with a music loving young boy to perform his songs at a local pub for covering his sons songs, relieving his sons memories As the movie progresses we get to know what happened to his son and what went down in the shootout. When we learn that his son was the shooter! From this moment the movie changes, its no more rainbows and sun shines. We get to see the perspective of Sam and his ex-wife. We see how they cope with the tragedy. This movie upholds unconditional love from father to son, The guilt of a father failing his son, the tears shed for the son, the public hate, the mix emotions & everything.Billy Crudup & Anton Yelchin were spectacular in there roles. The songs composed for the movies are beautiful. This movie makes you for once to think about the people who are directly related to the tragedy. If this movie gets into your head you will actually feel for the loved ones of all the terrible shootings that takes place every year somewhere in the US. A solid 10.
Solnichka McPherson Accidentally watched this one day, having no idea what it was—but drawn in by the opening scenes which serve as an excellent hook for the audience. I once reviewed another film based on tragedy here, and this film is a whole different take on it. The music is good, yeah, but there's a human interest story here that more and more people need to know: What happens to the loved ones of those who cause tragedy? This film takes a crack at that necessary story, and we all can benefit from watching something like this. Tragedy leaves no person untouched, of course ... and in the quick rush to judge and blame, people forget there are no winners in situations like this. I feel like a better person for having watched this movie—and cared about its characters. A few thoughts on the acting: Selena Gomez is wasted here, as that character needed more development. Billy Crudup and Anton Yelchin do well carrying the picture overall, though. On to the music: It's good, and I'm not a music expert, even if I have written dozens of music articles in my years as a journalist. But the songs are engaging emotionally considering the film's content, and they sound good playing on a car stereo driving with the sunroof open on a coastal highway. What else is there to say?
rasmus_thofte-1 I'm dumbfounded. Truly. Not by the movie alone, but also - and perhaps more so - by the reviews of this movie. Firstly: I like William H. I always have. I think he's done some tremendous performances (Fargo, Magnolia and The Cooler, to name a few). So I have nothing against him. Quite the contrary. This movie was complete rubbish in my opinion. Not sure where to start, really, but here are a few quick remarks: * The lyrics and music written by the son indicates a persona pretty damn far from a school shooter. * The behavior of the son during the movie's first five minutes indicate nothing of a dark, sad or angry nature. On the contrary, the guy sits in his room recording love songs (...). He could have been depicted much more like Kevin Khatchadourian, and it still would have been a surprise once the twist was presented. Only more believable. * The twist - that is, that the son was the murderer, not a victim - is presented poorly. It was like William had figured out what the twist should be, without quite nailing how to actually execute it. If anything, the twist moment was confusing. And once I realized what had happened, no actions of any of the characters up to that point made any more sense than they had before. * The reaction of the father didn't make any sense either throughout the whole movie. Everything from him being hungry and microwaving a pizza pretty much right after the event took place, to him playing a loud guitar solo on-deck of a self- steering boat in the middle of a sailboat regatta. He never shows or expresses any feeling until the end, when he visits the school. That's fine, if you allow the character to build all the darkness up inside. But if that is what the character is doing, it needs to be shown on a completely different level. He drinks, sure. But even when he does, not much of it shows a sadness, frustration, a guilt or anything at all really. It's a little pathetic, yes, but never dark. * The mother gets a new kid after 2 years and supposedly "200,000 dollars". I dunno, but if my son had just killed 6 people at school, I'd probably chill for a while before trying to get a new oneI could keep going, but I don't think it's worth it. All I can say is you can easily skip this one without worry. As mentioned initially, I'm mostly surprised by all the positive reviews. I have no idea how on earth they found anything good with this movie at all. Interestingly enough, when I found people criticizing it, they just went on a tangent about school shootings in general, instead of explaining the weak points of the movie. To sum up: I found Rudderless too shallow for its subject, and to treat its subject too lightly. I found nothing remarkable about the acting, and the plot felt far from ripe. I don't see any point in expressing my opinion of the music - I find that irrelevant. But I guess you could say it's as shallow as the movie itself, which I guess is the only thing that makes sense.
randymcbeast I curled up with this movie on a warm Sunday afternoon and enjoyed every minute of it. It caught me by surprise as I really didn't know what it was about. I just knew that William H. Macy directed and wrote part of it so that was good enough to give it a watch. Had I known that Selena Gomez was in it I might of bailed, but luckily she was just in for a few annoying minutes.As for Mr. Macy, this is just one more reason to be a fan given his accomplishments over the years. He's absolutely killing it in Shameless but it's just been one great achievement after another. Well done sir! The story is excellent, the music and the direction around it was very well done, and the acting is superb. Led by Billy Crudup, the cast includes some heavyweights like Laurence Fishburne and a bunch of other very likable and believable actors that help tell this interesting story.