(Kat Candler, 2014)

with Robb Stey, Eccles Theatre, 1/21/14



Hellion is in many ways the quintessential indie movie; it’s about a troubled teen coming of age in a dysfunctional home, it’s set in a hardscrabble small town, and its washed-out handheld cinematography gives it a feeling of gritty, unsparing realism.  Fortunately, Hellion is also very good.  It’s a tough movie about tough circumstances, but it never allows itself to become bleak for bleakness’s sake, and it even extends a chance at hard-won redemption to its grieving, angry main characters.  Josh Wiggins is preternaturally subtle and nuanced as the 13-year-old protagonist, and Aaron Paul is just as good – or perhaps even better – as a good father fighting his own demons.  Maybe independent movies aren’t so bad after all.

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