Michael Shannon plays the strange character of "Brad" and I gotta say that the dude has some strong conviction. Not only did he convey all things oddball, he even looks like an extreme oddball. He's got this plane face with these far-apart eyes and long-ish hairdo. And I thought Willen Dafoe looked like a freak! Regardless, he definitely did a nice creepy job of showcasing a dude that has clearly stepped off the deep end.
Kudos as well go out to all of Mr. Shannon's co-stars for creating a very believeable "psycho support system". The always intriguing ChloŽ Sevigny stood out the most, playing the character engaged to Shannon's sad psychotic sap. She gave such an understated, sullen performance that was very easy to relate to. The always great Brad Dourif did a fine job lending some comedic touches to the story as "Brad's" old-school farmer uncle. And, of course Mr. Dafoe brought his usual magic touch as the detective trying to decipher what the hell is up with "Brad".
With all the great performances and different, but still proficient, direction, you'd think MY SON would have a slightly higher star-quotient up top. Well, sadly, despite all its positives, the flick ends up really never going anywhere. There aren't any surprises and no true scares. The wild craziness may be prevalent, but it winds up looking kind of silly and only diminishes any serious thrills that could have been in store. This is one of those arty flicks that just ends without any kind of entertaining climax. And from the way MY SON was moving, I expected a much bigger payoff.
Audio English 5.1 Dolby Digital and Spanish
A commentary by director Herzog, co-writer Golder, and producer Eric Bassett that was kind of boring to me.
The film's trailer.
Some other trailers.
A pretty informative behind-the-scenes interview with Herzog and co-writer Herbert Golder.