THE PLOT THUS FAR
Four years ago, Ruby was a vibrant medical student married to the love of her life, Derek. Now, Derek is in prison and Ruby is struggling to maintain hope. But a chance encounter with hard-working bus driver, Brian, and a stunning betrayal propel her in new and often frightening directions of self-discovery.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
“Middle of Nowhere” is from the same director that has offered up “Selma”. While that has nothing to do with the plot, it has weighed on the back of my mind as I tackle this movie. Especially since both features boast shared cast and technical crew. But, “Selma” will finally be reviewed during the weekend. Let’s take a look at director Ava DuVernay’s work from earlier in 2012. Can love survive when a partner is in prison and your significant other is left to fend for themselves?
Life after prison is a frequent topic in urban cinema. But, DuVernay wants to examine those that are left behind while a fellow is incarcerated. It’s when we learn that those we put on a pedestal weren’t worth the effort that we start to find something new. A lot of people have mistaken from trailers what they believe to be a love triangle. There’s no triangle as the imprisoned male is never there for his family. Brian enters her life as a bus driver and we get to watch our heroine and this new man bond over distance and the desire for companionship. It’s a beautiful movie in terms of story and Bradford Young’s killer cinematography. Seriously, is there another cinematographer on the scene that is just killing it like Young recently? He’s no Roger Deakins, but the man is getting there fast.
The DVD comes with a commentary as the only special feature. The A/V Quality is keen for standard definition. The Dolby 5.1 track flows nice and even. Plus, the transfer plays off the toned down colors with amazing depth. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase.
RELEASE DATE: 01/13/2015