Ain't Them Bodies Saints Movie Review
Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck star in the crime drama Ain't Them Bodies Saints, a well made movie where the title is the most interesting part. Superbly acted and well written, the movie suffers from a subdued, understated storytelling approach that unfortunately makes it instantly forgettable.
In Ain't Them Bodies Saints, Affleck plays convicted killer Bob Muldoon, who has spent years in prison covering for a crime his wife Ruth (Mara) committed. Eager to see a daughter he's never met, he escapes from prison and sets out to reunite with Ruth, even if she has already moved on.
Affleck is a terrific actor given the right material, and he delivers another fine performance here. Unfortunately, his nuanced style complements the material too well; his character nearly disappears into the story. The problem is that the story is so basic and forgettable that Affleck, and Mara for that matter, is unable to stand out.
While both stars do good work with what they're given, their actual characters are uninteresting. I didn't really care whether Bob made it back to his wife, and he becomes more unlikable as time progresses. Ruth doesn't do much of anything, and her relationship with Ben Foster's character doesn't amount to much.
In other words, I'm not sure what the point of the movie is.
And I don't care.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.