Now we often mock Nicolas Cage around these parts, calling him whatever creative synonymous slur we can come up with for “batsh-t crazy”. But there’s a very good reason we pick on Cage: He really is batsh-t crazy. There was a great 2-part documentary made recently, focusing on just how unhinged he is. I believe they were called Ghost Rider and Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance.
However, for his next film, the Southern flavoured thriller Joe, Cage appears to have calmed down quite a bit. Even better, he makes up for the lack of googly eyes with a beard that would make a viking proud.
See, now that’s a beard! It puts hair on your face, just from looking at it!
Cage will play the titular Joe, an ex-con who has tried to put his dark criminal past behind him, but who gets caught up in trouble again when he tries to “becomes the unlikeliest of role models to 15 year old Gary Jones, the oldest child of a homeless family ruled by a drunk, worthless father.” The young Gary Jones is played by Tye Sheridan, i.e the kid in the background of the picture compensating for his lack of epic facial hair by packing a rifle. Sheridan recently made his film debut to much acclaim in the Matthew McConnaughey Southern flavoured thriller Mud, which saw him as a young boy from a broken home who gets into trouble after being befriended by an older man with a criminal hist-Wait a minute!
Here is the full synopsis for Joe, which you shouldn’t confuse with that of the also three lettered Mud.
In the dirty unruly world of small-town Texas, ex-convict Joe Ransom (Cage) has tried to put his dark past behind him and to live a simple life. He works for a lumber company by day, drinks by night. But when 15-year-old Gary (Sheridan) – a kid trying to support his family – comes to town, desperate for work, Joe has found a way to atone for his sins – to finally be someone’s hero. As Joe tries to protect Gary, the pair will take the twisting road to redemption in the hope for a better life in this tough, hard-hitting but incredibly moving story.
Joe is directed by David Gordon Green who made quite the splash on the festival circuit recently with his Prince Avalanche, seeming to return to his heavily lauded indie form after seeing a trio of stoner comedies (Pineapple Express, Your Highness, The Sitter) start off strong but then getting exponentially worse with each film. Seriously, I loved Pineapple Express, it was a giggle-a-minute jaunt. The Sitter made me want to stab myself in the forebrain and kick puppies.
Joe will be shopped around to studios at this month’s European Film Market, after which we will probably get a release date.
Last Updated: February 8, 2013