Sprawling American landscapes and award-winning cinematography herald a passionate addition to the outlaw movie genre, a brooding slow-burner starring Rooney Mara (Side Effects) and Casey Affleck (Gone Baby Gone).

Outlaws Bob Muldoon (Affleck) and Ruth Guthrie’s (Mara) crime spree comes to an abrupt end with a shoot-out with local police, in which Ruth injures a cop. Bob takes the blame and receives a stiff prison sentence. Whilst he’s inside, Ruth gives birth to the couple’s daughter, and quietly waits for her husband’s release, all the time under the watchful eye of local law-enforcer Patrick, who clearly hopes to be something more to Ruth.

Avoiding the usual outlaw movie clichés, the film focuses on the atmospheric Texan landscape and the tensions that come from the anxiety of waiting.


David Lowery’s triumphant tale of estranged love is deftly paced, stunningly shot and benefits from some superb performances.

The Guardian