As we roll through summer, the blockbusters will peter out and the award contending dramas will start to wash ashore. While some movies, like Killing Them Softly and Django Unchained, and then there are movies like this one, Won’t Back Down, from Beastly director Daniel Barnz, that will try ever so hard to be in the same category.
The film is about:
“Two mothers from different backgrounds–a postal worker and a reporter–join forces to take on a failing public school system and institute a charter school for children in the neighborhood, including their own.”
Which seems like it could make an interesting movie, but once you see the trailer, you realize that everything about it screams by the numbers manipulative drama with no real depth, that doesn’t take full advantage of the acting talent it has access to. While Maggie Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis, and Holly Hunter can definitely elevate a movie, they can only do so if they are properly used. Watch the trailer and judge for yourself, the film will be out in the crowded Oscar landscape of September 28th this year.