ABC Film Challenge – Catch Up 2020 – The Mustang (2019) Movie Review

Director: Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre

Writer: Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre, Mona Fastvold, Brock Norman Brock (Screenplay)

Starring: Matthias Schoenaerts, Jason Mitchell, Bruce Dern, Gideon Adlon, Connie Britton, Josh Stewart

Plot: The story of Roman Coleman, a violent convict, who is given the chance to participate in a rehabilitation therapy program involving the training of wild mustangs.

Tagline – Untamed Souls. Kindred Spirits.

Runtime: 1 Hour 36 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Beautiful Drama

Story: The Mustang starts as we meet dangerously violent criminal Roman (Schoenaerts) who likes to keep away from people, he keeps to himself in prison and has just been transferred. Roman gets a chance to work outside with the horses on the ranch, first on clean up duty before getting a chance to work with the horses, including one wild mustang that no one can handle.

As Roman gets closer to the horse that he names Marcus, he finds himself wanting to reassess his decisions and try to rebuild the relationship he left behind with his daughter Martha (Adlon) and slowly start to learn about controlling his anger.

Thoughts on The Mustang

Characters – Roman is a violent criminal that has been in prison for 12-years, he action were caused by failure to control his rage, which sees him want to stay away from people as much as he possible can, he has remained distant to his own daughter that still visits him. When Roman is given the chance to work with animals, he finds himself learning from his own mistakes, looking to put something else first before himself as he starts to look to correct the errors of his ways. Henry is one of the other inmates, one that helps Roman with the horses, one that is friendly to the other inmates. Myles is the man that is running the horse program, he will give the men a chance, if they mess up, they are out of the program, it is his choice is you stay. Martha is the daughter of the Roman, she is trying to move on with her life with her first child, but needs her father to let her go. She is the last one of the family that still visits Roman.

PerformancesMatthias Schoenaerts is outstanding in the leading role of the film, giving one of the best performances of the year showing all the pain, regret and loneliness he has created himself. The rest of the cast do everything well, with Jason Mitchell bringing the buddy figure to life, Bruce Dern the wise older figure and Connie Britton as the person trying to help.

StoryThe story here follows a violent criminal that is given a chance to work with horses to try and help reshape his future, giving him a chance to eliminate the anger which has caused him problems in the past. This story is designed to show us how the horse training program that is being used in multiply states to help the prisoners rehab better than other prisons. The story itself shows us just how one man saw a change in his own character given his own time with the horses, seeing how he improves himself with the contact with just a horse. It is an amazing redemption story that is must watch for everyone who gets enjoyment out of the story.

SettingsThe film does take us the prison setting, which shows that this is the one place Roman wants to feel safe away from the world, with the horses giving him a chance of freedom, one day.

Scene of the Movie – The alone time with the horse.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – Not enough from the side prisoners.

Final Thoughts This is an amazing drama that shows us the troubles inmates will be put through and how a therapy is helping them improve themselves with their connection with horses.

Overall: Matthias Delivers a Powerhouse Performance.

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