Watch This Amazing No Future Movie

“No Future” is the genre of the film that poses a challenge to anyone who tries to review it, because even the description of the vaguest plot will make sure that most will probably do everything to avoid it, despite the praise that I could offer. Believe me, I fully acknowledge that this is not the kind of movie that most people would voluntarily choose to relax. But those who are ready to give “No Future” a chance will find that this is a rather intelligent and realistic representation of two people who are consumed by grief, guilt and loss and the wrong ways with which they try to reconcile with these feelings.

Will (Charlie Heaton) is a young man and a former musician who is recovering from a heroin addiction and is aware of the pain he has caused in the past — when he visits his separated father (Jackie Earle Haley), he first pulls up his sleeves to look for new needle marks — and how weak his path to sobriety really is. Nevertheless, he is clearly determined to clean himself up forever-he regularly attends 12-step meetings and has even started a relationship with his girlfriend Becca (Rosa Salazar), which has progressed to the point where he plans to have her move and thus let her into his life even further.

He also realizes a potentially disastrous situation when he sees one, like when his best friend and former bandmate Chris (Jefferson White) shows up at his house after a recent cage stint. Chris is clearly in a state of body and emotional anxiety that reminds Will too well of what he’s been through, but he doesn’t feel strong enough to help Chris when he asks for it, or to resist when he’s encouraged to resume his old habits. He turns Chris away – he explains that Becca is coming to spend the night. The next morning, he receives a message from Chris’s mother Claire (Catherine Keener), who informs him that he came home after at night, entered his room and died of an overdose.

Feeling guilty, Will goes to the committal and meets Claire, who is not only surprised at how her child is struggling with her addiction after years, but that she will never know for sure if Chris’ fatal overdose was an accident or if he finished himself on purpose. Will is sympathetic to her, but can’t admit that Chris went to see him that night before he went home and that his departure may have been his son’s last breaking point. It’s pretty serious, but things are exacerbated when both, largely out of shared grief and the need for some kind of comfort, get into a venereal relationship that, even under the best of circumstances, may not end well for everyone involved.

It’s a dark material, and the script by Mark Smoot (who also directs with Andrew Irvine) tries to negotiate a path between reality and melodrama with sometimes mixed results. For example, if Will not immediately inform Claire of Chris’s visit on that fateful night, it becomes obvious that this information will eventually be rolled out, almost like clockwork, about 70 minute and the fallout will be used to drive the final scenes. The film also tends to introduce minor characters, then gives them no other purpose than to help keep the narrative moving.

At the same time, ” No Future ” contains moments of realism and honesty, which contrasts sharply with the more artificial moments. The matter between Claire and Will may sound like a soap opera, but it works here as a way for these two to try to counteract the crushing sense of grief and guilt they feel. Although they are unable to be honest with each other, the two do just that with strangers in a pair of particularly heartbreaking scenes — Will is speaking in front of his 12-step group and Claire is pitted against a pair of young women she thinks are talking about herself and her after son. (If at this after stage you still need evidence of the brilliance of Catherine Keener as an actress, I advise you to watch and learn this last scene.) I also admired how the film does not try to wrap things in a neat little bow by offering simple solutions to problems that rarely happen in real life. This sense of narrative ambiguity and its lack of simple resolutions will surely frustrate some viewers. But to end it differently would be a betrayal of his willingness to tackle difficult problems, and of the high performance of Keener and Heaton.

So no “” No future “is not exactly” entertaining”, at least in the classical sense. However, this is more than compensated for by the raw power that the film generates in its best moments, when it travels to emotional places that few films want to visit these days. “No Future” may not be a good time, but it’s a good movie that’s still worth checking out, despite its occasional missteps.

Gwendolyn B. Baggett

Gwendolyn B. Baggett

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