- 1 hr 38 min
Hellion is a gripping and emotionally charged drama directed by Kat Candler, which premiered in 2014 at the Sundance Film Festival. The movie revolves around a troubled and rebellious teenager named Jacob Wilson (Josh Wiggins), who lives in a desolate and economically depressed town in Texas, along with his younger brother, Wes (Deke Garner), and their volatile father, Hollis (Aaron Paul).
Jacob is a talented motocross rider and spends most of his time fixing up motorcycles and competing in local races. However, his passion for racing is in danger of being derailed by his destructive behavior and constant brushes with the law. Following the death of his mother, Jacob has become increasingly angry and withdrawn, often lashing out at his family and peers.
As the movie opens, we see Jacob getting arrested for trashing school property, and Hollis being sent to jail for drunk driving. This leaves Wes under the temporary care of their well-meaning but overwhelmed aunt, Pam (Juliette Lewis). Jacob resents Pam's presence in their lives and pushes her away, preferring to spend time palling around with his delinquent friends.
Things take a turn for the worse when Jacob's reckless antics lead to a tragedy that shakes the family to its core. As Hollis struggles to come to grips with his grief and guilt, he also faces losing custody of his children. Meanwhile, Jacob and Wes find themselves at a crossroads, forced to confront the consequences of their actions and decide how they want to move forward.
Hellion is a raw and honest portrayal of a family in crisis, grappling with the fallout of loss, addiction, and hopelessness. The cinematography captures the bleakness and beauty of the Texas landscape, adding to the sense of alienation and despair that permeates the story.
Aaron Paul delivers a powerful performance as a father who loves his children but is ill-equipped to deal with his own demons. Juliette Lewis shines as the caretaker who tries to bring some stability and warmth to the boys' lives. But it is Josh Wiggins who steals the show, giving a nuanced and nuanced performance as a troubled teenager who is both sympathetic and frustrating.
The movie is not without its flaws. At times, the dialogue feels stilted and forced, and some of the supporting characters are underdeveloped. However, these minor quibbles are overshadowed by the movie's overall impact and resonance.
Hellion is a harrowing and heartbreaking movie that deals with difficult and important themes. It is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the enduring bonds of family, even in the face of great adversity.
Hellion is a 2014 thriller with a runtime of 1 hour and 38 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.0 and a MetaScore of 55.