Trucker

2008

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IMDb Rating 6.6

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Reviewed by Movie_Muse_Reviews 7

What embodies the lonely, self-dependent person than the trucker? Hours upon hours of driving with nothing but some music and one&#39;s own thoughts. We&#39;ve seen this protagonist before, just not in the form of the beautiful Diane (Michelle Monaghan) cussing and driving a truck. The opening scene with Diane getting a quick sexual fix, pulling out a cigarette and hitting the road without saying more than a word or two is not exactly original character development, but James Mottern&#39;s debut film hits a notably real chord in all its silence and familiarity.<br/><br/>When Diane gets stuck with Peter, an 11-year-old boy who as it turns out is the son she abandoned an infancy, suddenly &quot;Trucker&quot; has the workings of an &quot;unlikely pair go on a road trip comedy.&quot; Fortunately, that tired concept of two people who don&#39;t like each forming a bond pretty much ends after the first third of the film and everything becomes much more real. After all, Diane is watching Peter because his dad, her ex-husband, is dying of colon cancer -- not your typical circumstance. And rather than Diane and Peter slowly reconnecting as mother and son throughout, there are much more ups and downs.<br/><br/>Occasionally &quot;Trucker&quot; will dip into cliché, namely in its handling of mother-son dialogue. Peter is a smart kid with real kid issues of wanting to be loved and showing it by provoking adults, but a couple times Mottern has him drift into the kid who says something intelligent and revealing about the older character who is frozen by the comment and considers it in a lingering camera shot at the end of the scene. Mottern keeps the film quiet and subtle for so much of it and these techniques put little cracks into his vision.<br/><br/>But Mottern must be thankful for this strong core cast. Monaghan excels in her first dramatic starring role. Diane is not the most complicated of characters to solve, but Monaghan keeps her from ever becoming an open book. Her lone wolf speak-your-mind mentality is much more at odds with the small kernel of her that wants to make meaningful connections with the people who have suddenly become close to her. The young Jimmy Bennett also impresses as Peter, having a lot more scenes requiring self-awareness and meaningful discussion that most child actors. Nathan Fillion, who plays Diane&#39;s friend Runner also works his charms and Benjamin Bratt as the dying father earns our sympathy quickly despite his minimal screen time.<br/><br/>&quot;Trucker&quot; could have done with half the number of driving in a truck to contemplative indie music transition sequences, but that&#39;s just the kind of film it is. It has that timeless, expected story line of two people who slowly forge a relationship they didn&#39;t think they wanted but both need, yet some unpredictable moments and solid performances throughout that keep its message fresh a create genuine sympathy for its characters.<br/><br/>~Steven C<br/><br/>Visit my site at http://moviemusereviews.com

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Reviewed by kuchynata 6

I was able to see this film at the Austin Film Festival 2008. Saw it twice actually, since Natnan Fillion&#39;s number one fan wasn&#39;t able to go the night I had it on my calendar. Despite problems with the script (didn&#39;t always ring true) and definitely with the dialogue (again, problems with truth, and reality), Nathan, Michelle, and Jimmy give fine performances. Dialogue weakness, I would guess, would be a tough thing for an actor to overcome, but Nathan sails through it with flying colors. I would have liked to have asked the director why he chose sepia tones for some of the scenes - they simply didn&#39;t fit with the message/action on screen. I&#39;d ask, but he&#39;d probably not answer, like in the Q&amp;A at the Sunday evening screening. (What, me bitter? No.) If I had to guess, I&#39;d say that the director makes some rookie errors since this was his first narrative; and, it appears he was more interested in being an &quot;artiste&quot; rather than telling the audience a story. Overall though, I enjoyed the picture, particularly Nathan Fillion, Michelle Monaghan and Jimmy Bennett.

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Reviewed by OliverGbyrne 9

This is a very raw film. Trucker Diane who always lived by her own rules , rather selfishly not caring about anybody but herself get her life turned upside down when her son,Peter whom she have not seen since he was a baby needs to stay with her a couple of weeks while his father is in the hospital , sick, fighting for his life. Diane has no Motherly vibe in her body (Or she thinks) and she his not to please about having to take care of the boy. The kid hate having to stay with a woman who do not seem to care one bit for him. The two of them will have to figure out a common ground to at least &quot;Tolerate each other&quot; On the plus side Diane has the help of her friend played (And rather well at that) by Nathan Fillion to ease the long way ahead for this mother/son relationship to evolve into something ... well that looks like a mother/son relationship. Michelle Monaghan is outstanding , she his truly Oscar material in that movie. She his a very flawed woman who lived her life head on not caring for any one she might bump into along the way. Her truck is her home , her house is simply a rest stop so of course the arrival of her kid and all the responsibility that comes with it is not welcome. Monaghan performance is great because it literally turns an unlikeable person likable. She find the humanity in that broken woman , that little light that will eventually grow to help her create a relationship with her son.Diane is rude,vulgar,selfish but you still wants her to find her way and she his fascinating for all her flaws. If this film was more known I would have scream &quot;Oscar nomination now!&quot; Young Jimmy Bennett is quite impressive for his young age as the kid. He his not the typical kid you will find in these type of drama , he his raw , angry and he his not afraid to curse at his mother.Well , he feels real. We also see the more sensitive side of him in every scene with his father.Great Job all around. The mixture of Monaghan and young Bennett creates a wonderful dynamic, it is a train wreck of a relationship and to see it evolve into something remotely normal is quite a ride. All supporting actors does a good job but this film is really Monaghan show and you will not want to keep your eyes off her. This film is a hidden gen that should be seen by more people. It&#39;s a drama that drops all the sugar coating and it is so refreshing in these day of age. I give this film a 9 out of 10.

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