Ayer makes masterful use of handheld camerawork, which adds to the gritty ultrarealism on display.
A Highly Entertaining, yet Disjointed film.
This is a solid thriller that does a lot of things right without doing anything remarkable.
It isn't afraid to get dark, as it becomes a rare study of PTSD without war involved, but has plenty of inspiration to go around.
Dano has produced something similar to many of his roles with this quiet powerhouse, always seemingly threatening to turn its quiet menace into explosive rage.
The story contemplates the price some were willing to pay to attempt to civilize a wild frontier, as well as asking you to examine the strength of your own bonds to family and friends.
You won't find a lot of sci-fi thrillers that accomplish this much and leave you this satisfied in 90 minutes.
The drama is very high, which will probably feel emotionally-manipulative to some, but it's those events that give Gyllenhaal so much to sink his teeth into.