Award-winning director David Gordon Green (PRINCE AVALANCHE, PINEAPPLE EXPRESS, UNDERTOW, ALL THE REAL GIRLS), gives Academy Award-« winner Nicolas Cage his best role in years as the hard-living, hot-tempered, ex-con Joe Ransom. Joe hires teenaged Gary Jones (Tye Sheridan; MUD, THE TREE OF LIFE) and his destitute father to help out his "tree-poisoning" crew. While Joe might be notoriously reckless with his pick-up, his dog and especially with women, he sees something in Gary that gets to him: a determination, a raw decency and a sense of resilience which draws them together in an unlikely friendship. When Gary finds himself facing a threat greater than he knows how to handle, he turns to Joe, setting off a chain of events that play out with the brutal inevitability of tragedy and the beauty of a last stab at salvation.
A film by David Gordon Green