A 2013 American independent crime drama directed by David Gordon Green that follows an ex-con (Nicolas Cage) hiring a young boy (Tye Sheridan) while also protecting him from his abusive father (Gary Poulter).
It was released on August 30, 2013.
Tropes for the film:
- Abusive Parents: Wade is this to Gary, as he is shown hitting his son after they get fired and taking his money so that he can get more alcohol.
- Bookends: The movie starts with Gary getting a job to spread poison on trees so that the company can tear the trees down and it ends with him getting a job planting new trees, replacing the ones that were being destroyed.
- Character Death: Joe dies of his injuries after confronting Wade, who then leaps to his death.
- The Film of the Book: Based on the book of the same name by Larry Brown.
- One-Word Title: Joe.