I've posted on this before and I'll reiterate it again here:
This movie isn't horrible, but it is not good film making.
The plot plods forward on a sloth's timeline then jump cuts abruptly toward the end of the movie as a means of advancing the story. But it doesn't really do anything to advance the story. Instead, it leaves the audience disjointed and confused.
The performances are well done. PSH and Phoenix do well as what they are expected to be. Phoenix in particular does well portraying a guy who has clearly lost it.
In many ways, the characters are foils of each other, reflecting back the good and bad parts of each other's personalities. Nevertheless, their interaction is not enough to keep the film interesting. About half way through, I nearly walked out. I stayed purely because of the reviews, thinking that there must be more to it than this.
But there wasn't.
This post was edited on 9/23 at 3:33 pm