It's a solid effort; it certainly doesn't reinvent the wheel. And, after "The Proposition" and "The Road," John Hillcoat seems to be establishing himself as the new king of brutal films (as well as turning Guy Pearce into his De Niro)
. Pearce's mostly-shaved-off eyebrows gave his character a real sickly edge, I thought. Yes, this is easily Shia LaBeouf's best performance to date. And, yes, Jessica Chastain going full-frontal was a nice bonus.