I previewed an indie feature entitled At Any Price. It had the potential to be a really good film, but ultimately, I thought it was just okay.
My full review:
AT ANY PRICE
At Any Price is directed by Ramin Bahrani (Strangers) and stars Dennis Quaid (Traffic) and Zac Efron (The Lucky One). It is the story of a fourth generation corn farmer and his struggle to keep his business alive while trying to convince his son to carry on the family tradition.
From the very beginning of the film, it was clear that Henry Whipple (Quaid) would do anything to expand his territory, even if it means crashing a funeral to purchase land from a grieving family. His son Dean (Efron) was an aspiring race car driver looking for his ticket out of town.
I thought the story was pretty interesting in how it showed the hardships for crop farmers to deal with the genetically modified seed industry and how it affects their profitability. I thought the racing scenes were shot well and added a little excitement to the story. An interesting twist near the end of the film adds a lot of drama and inspires conflicting emotions.
Dennis Quaid was very good and gives one of the best performances of his career. I enjoyed him more than anything else in the film. Zac Efron was okay at best. It's probably one of his best roles, but to be completely honest, I haven't seen very many of his other films. Heather Graham (The Hangover) was also in this movie, but I found it unclear who her character was supposed to be.
All in all, there were some good moments with heartfelt father and son dynamics, but I found this film to be heavy and pretty sad.
Although, I don't think it was quite as good as these films, I would say, if you liked The Place Beyond the Pines, A Simple Plan, or Promised Land, you may like this movie.
My Grade for this film: B- (mostly due to Quaid's performance)
Mr. Movies - Wes Horner
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