#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – John is a kindly, well-liked old man in a small rural town. John has just killed a man named Dutch. Dutch had done a lot of bad things to a lot of nice people. Nobody in town would think to implicate John – nobody but Danny, Dutch’s violent drunk of a brother. John’s nephew Ben arrives from Chicago on an impromptu trip to his hometown as his uncle struggles to evade Danny’s growing suspicions and looming threats. In this masterfully acted tale of small-town intrigue, one man’s need for revenge may cost many more their lives.
Plot: In this tale of small town intrigue, an urbanite returns to his quiet hometown on an impromptu trip as his Uncle, widely respected in town, struggles to evade suspicion of a murder.
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A daring gem of an indie and finally a proper showcase for John Ashton
John Ashton is one of those supremely gifted character actors that constantly find themselves in movies not quite worthy of their talents. The litmus test is this: Search through Ashton’s film resume here on IMDb and find movies you’ve seen that he’s starred in. His wide-eyed, wizened face has been endearing you longer than you may realize (his most famous turn has got to be as Judge Reinhold’s gruffly sardonic mentor in “Beverly Hills Cop”). His comedic delivery is often so dry it crackles.
This makes him the perfect find for the title role in director Steven Piet’s surprisingly engaging, often very funny thriller “Uncle John.” The film begins with John hauling away and burning a body in one of his fields on his rural Illinois farm. The victim turns out to be a guy named Dutch who (from the vitriol spouted by almost everyone in the small town) people despised — and even more so when he found religion and embarked on the not-too-smart idea of going from door to door and “apologizing” for his past sins.
Piet and co-writer Erik Crary’s script is rather bold in its execution however, because it doesn’t just stick with John and his quietly engrossing story. The writers ping-pong constantly to another plot revolving around John’s nephew (Alex Moffat) and a co-worker he’s tentatively courting (Jenna Lyng) at a small commercial ad agency in Chicago. For a good part of the film, you’ll wonder what the hell this plot has to do with the A-story, but after a while you won’t care: Moffat and Lyng have such an electric chemistry and their dialogue is so real, so drop-dead funny at times, that it’s just a joy to watch (the B-story actually does provide a lot of insight into John’s character, though it’s not really needed thanks to Ashton’s skill).
It’s one of those two-trains-speeding-down-the-track-rolling-right-for-each-other-type scripts (think “No Country for Old Men,” though not on that scale, obviously). And of course there’s a time bomb at the collision point, and quite a menacing one, in Ronnie Gene Blevins, who plays the dead guy’s angry, redneck, slightly-psychotic younger brother.
It all comes together because of Ashton, however. As per usual, he conceals virtually everything he’s feeling, but in that cunningly transparent way that lets you into his subconscious — whether you want to be there or not. He tells you everything you need to know about his life, his dead wife (who Dutch was snaking), and his sense of morality without saying much at all. It’s all in that face and those eyes, which have just gotten more expressive with time.
“Uncle John” also gets the look, feel, and cadence of rural Illinois stunningly right. The diner scenes with John’s daily cronies (Don Forsten, Gary Houston, and Matt Kozlowski — all worth mentioning) are priceless and not just in non-condescending accuracy. They’re a wonderful Greek chorus. And Alex Moffat’s dry-ice deliveries recall David Spade at his sharpest.
It’s not a film for the impatient, but there’s a mother-lode of riches in that there brush fire.
Quietly Amazing Indie Drama
Before going on to direct a whole season of “Channel Zero” and commit to some other tv-series, director Steven Piet put on the table his directional debut (also his first and only writing credit) “Uncle John” – part subtle, romantic drama and part small town folk murder tale. “Uncle John” might be lesser than the sum of its good parts, but I can hardly call it disjointed, and its strength resides mainly in atmosphere, performances and cinematography.
In “Uncle John”, there are two story lines evolving simultaneously, one concentrates on Uncle John himself as he tries to get through the days in his small, rural town all the while trying to avoid suspicion of murder (which he sure commited, not a spoiler at all). John Ashton provides an absolute stand out, career-defining performance. There’s not a whole lot of action or dialogue in his story, with John it’s just nice to be with him as he deals with his misdeeds and drives lonely around the country roads. Atmosphere’s just right, careful, humble, effective & so is the cinematography, so simple and thought through that it’s near perfect. At the same time, we follow John’s nephew Ben as he spends his days in the big city, working as a digital designer and slowly falling in love with his new colleague Kate. More dialogue and a steady injection of romance, all to a good measure, until they go on an impromptu trip to visit Uncle John. “Uncle John” doesn’t offer the substance some may expect and perhaps questions don’t get answered, but the focus, for the whole runtime, is unmistakably fixed on the emotional journeys of the characters, with (can’t emphasize on it enough) the absolute highlight being John Ashton and his character’s subtle, contained and humble yet nuanced performance / character arc. Of course, the pacing of “Uncle John” is slow. Worth it though. When both stories join together, the conclusion doesn’t result in fireworks as I was expecting, which is a good thing. I was anticipating the opposite of what happened, and what happened was so much more in sync and spirit with the rest of the movie.
“Uncle John” is a quiet and subtle film, a beautiful in its own way indie drama. The goods it provides are good looks, subtly effective vibes and great performances. My rating: 7/10.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 53 min (113 min)
Rated Not Rated
Genre Crime, Drama, Mystery
Director Steven Piet
Writer Erik Crary, Steven Piet
Actors John Ashton, Alex Moffat, Jenna Lyng Adams
Country United States
Awards 6 wins & 4 nominations
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Laboratory Company 3 (digital intermediate)
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