Soon we concluded that the speaker is known to everyone as Junior, and he’s played by Jason Sudeikis, the Jim Parrack lookalike, and that his daddy went down south with Alzheimer’s disease. Meanwhile, local nurse Valerie (Jill Paice) doesn’t know how to communicate with her teenage son Cody (Jack DiFalco) who records speed metal hymns in his bedroom while not working at the grain company as Junior. now lead. Cody’s asthma makes posing vocals for his artwork a bit of a challenge. He also has, as you might have deduced by now, a bit of an attitude.
“He’s a good kid,” Junior says to Valérie when she drops him off at work. He also asks Valérie how to deal with her father. “The next time he goes back to the past, let him stay there,” she advises.
This turns out to be a ruinous recommendation. Because when Junior isn’t looking, his dad wanders out in the park and ends up pushing a button that starts shaking a corn silo – while Cody and an older worker stand waist deep in that corn. The older guy, who previously dispensed McNuggets of wisdom like “The difference between old and young is that young people always think they have a choice in life”, gets sucked real quick, while Cody manages to stay above the fray. speak. Because of course, it is the asthmatic child whose inhaler is in a pocket that he can no longer reach who gets stuck in the silo.
And so it’s time for the surrounding towns to come together (the movie was shot in Iowa) and for the smallness of the rural burb to make itself felt. The firefighter who got the best of the situation, Frank (played by House of Cards vet Jeremy Holm) is of course someone Valerie despises because of his involvement in the death of her husband, Cody’s father. .
While waiting for the necessary rescue equipment to appear, we receive monologues: Valerie lands on Junior, Frank makes a painful confession to a panting Cody, and so on. It all comes to a head when Valérie exclaims: “I don’t care … about your protocol … let him bring my son back to me!” Because of course she does. And in the process, Junior himself takes up the monologue that was started in voiceover at the beginning of the film.
The shooting is picturesque, the acting overcooked. Before the final credits, we are informed: “Since 1964, more than 1,270 grain traps have been reported in the United States”. This is followed by a statistic on how many of them end in deaths. This is meant to be informative for a general audience of course, but also works to make those who have gritted their teeth through the film to feel bad. It’s very effective in that regard.
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