Starring: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Jon Bernthal, Holt McCannany, Lake Bell
Director: Ric Roman Waugh
Synopsis: When an up and coming businessman has everything going for him; makes a life altering mistake and is sent to federal prison for manslaughter, He must make decisions that will effect his life inside and outside prison daily. Turning from family man, to hardened prison inmate over his lengthy sentence. Things in his life will change forever. Going from low level brother, to becoming a high level operative in the white supremacy group PEN1, is no easy task for Jacob aka Money!
Review: A really gritty performance from Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, much different than his role as Jamie Lannister in Game of Thrones. He had a great presence to him while on screen, making his transformation into white supremacist believable throughout. He wasn’t alone on the big screen, with Jon Bernthal turning in another spot on performance as the hardened character “Shotgun”. Bernthal continues to be one of the most reliable actors working right now. As for the movie itself, i really enjoyed the story, taking a upper middle class man, and thrusting him into a fight or die lifestyle of federal prison was jarring, i felt like the movie depicted the lifestyle very well, from the initiation to moving up the ranks of the “gang.”
Once he left prison you could really feel the movie shift into gear as Jacob aka Money tried to make some amends with the family he left behind while in prison. Lake Bell was a believable what almost felt to be widowed ex-wife of this man, who completely changed from her husband to this stone cold killer.
Overall this movie did a great job in showing the ins and outs of a “movie” prison would operate and how a gang would work around the restraints of daily life to continue their operations.
Favorite Scene: without spoiling the whole thing, there is a massive fight between the “Shot Caller” of PEN1 and Money towards the end of the movie, after Money returns to prison, it is brutal and bloody. The whole scene was awesome, and worth the build up.
Recommendation: This movie isn’t for everyone, it’s a very gritty and dark prison movie. But it was also very well done and shows a side of things people don’t always see. It was definitely an above average movie. And i would recommend watching!