Jason Sudeikis shocks ‘Lasso’ fans with violent film – Deadline
The title South of paradise means a kind of hell for parolee Jimmy Ray in the noir genre action drama from director Aharon Keshales which brings star Jason Sudeikis a film role which is good south of its current success in Ted Lasso. This movie was actually shot several months before Lasso has become a sensation and has given Sudeikis the role of his career so far, as well as a few Emmys he won last month. As Jimmy Ray, who, by the time we meet him, has just been paroled after serving 12 years for armed robbery, Sudeikis has a role poles apart in many ways from the Good Lasso, but his motivation initial here to gift one year of the best last year of life to his terminally ill fiancee is well-meaning, even though we know things are going to be, uh, South.
Jimmy Ray secures parole by informing the board of directors of his marriage plans and hopes to cheer on cancer-to-be wife Annie (Evangeline Lilly), who meets him at the prison door to welcome him back into a kind of normal existence. However, his shady parole officer Schmidt (Shea Whigham) creates a scary vibe early on and soon sets him up for a parole violation. unless he agrees to do an illegal dirty job for him. With no choice, Jimmy Ray is back flirting with the dark side as he visits low-level criminals to retrieve a package intended for Schmidt. Saying he’s just a “messenger,” he soon discovers it’s a trap for Schmidt, but his own difficult past kicks in as he disarms these guys and is allowed to continue the mission. However, while driving at night, he is temporarily distracted and crashes his car against a motorcyclist, severely cutting the cyclist in two. It gets complicated from there even after enlisting his friend, Honest Frank (Jeremy Bobb), to help with the cleanup.
In one of the few plot developments that cast doubt on credibility, it turns out that the dead man on the bike was delivering half a million cool to very villainous Whit Price (Mike Colter), who is able to link Jimmy Ray to the delivery failure and suspects he’s taken it from the guy’s leftovers. In no time, Price goes to Jimmy Ray’s to find out he’s not there, but Annie is. He uses her as bait, while adopting an oddly sympathetic attitude towards her as she reaches him on the kind of human level he’s not used to seeing in these situations. In a tit-for-tat move, Jimmy Ray grabs Price’s young son Tommy (Thaddeus J. Mixson), and you can bet things really explode from there.
Like I said it becomes complicated. It also gets a little tiring as character development is at a minimum here, with most of the actors stuck in stereotypical roles for this kind of genre exercise. Keshales’ Tarantino fixation is obvious, but he doesn’t have a sense of the history of this master or how to pull off that sort of thing. Maybe it wasn’t a good thing Tarantino said Keshales’ cult hit in 2013 Big bad wolves was the best movie of the year. Keshales is not Tarantino, but knows how to stage threatening action sequences.
Attention will undoubtedly be brought here due to Sudeikis’ presence, and he seems surprisingly at ease in an unexpected star-studded turn, but his relentlessly brooding tone and unfortunate choice of accent are not really up to date. height. The accent in particular is too reminiscent of Ted Lasso, even to the point of distracting, at least to me. If you want to see a formidable performance by Sudeikis in an overlooked film, check out Kodachrome at Netflix instead of investing two hours in it. Fans of horrific and gory violence might be happy, however.
RLJE Films Releases South of paradise Fridays in theaters and on VOD and digital platforms. Roger Birnbaum, Dallas Sonnier, Amanda Presmyk, Chad Harbold and Keshales are producers.
Check out my video review above with scenes from the movie. Do you intend to see South of paradise? Let us know this you think.