Todd Haynes directs Mark Ruffalo, Anne Hathaway and Tim Robbins in this courtroom drama where a corporate defence lawyer takes on DuPont, the world’s biggest chemical firm.
Perfect lead performance by Ruffalo. The insurmountable grind of taking on a multi-national and working through their paper trail and resources is chillingly recreated. There are surprising burst of body horror in the first half that drive home just how damaging the horrendous practices of the company were. These unusual elements push the film into a higher quality bracket and overwhelm any subgenre cliches. Todd Haynes is a director known for his arthouse fare; transgressive, quirky, sometimes confrontational. All his films portray humans pushing against a silently oppressive American society’s norms in small rebellious ways. This more mainstream work is no different.
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