I love Eliza Taylor in [[ASIN:B00IUX4VQ8 The 100]] and Pablo Schreiber in [[ASIN:B06XW95BJF American Gods]] so this movie was a must see for me and they were the main reasons I was drawn to this film. I've been watching trailers and publicity clips of the movie for months since its debut at Tribeca and have been not so patiently waiting for it to be available to rent. I like films that go beneath the surface of public issues - the war on drugs, the challenges of veterans, poverty... This film hits all these areas and shows things are never as black and white or neat and tidy as we'd like or expect.
Pablo Schreiber is terrifying and predictable in his role as a drug dealer yet complex in other dimensions of his character's life - father, father-figure and veteran. Eliza Taylor is an actress whose star I want to see continue to see rise. I love her in the lead role of Clarke on The 100 and her performance in Thumper shows she has true talent and range. Her character here, Kat Carter, has her heart in the right place but has trouble keeping it on track. She's failing in all areas of her life and Eliza plays all those facets well. I especially enjoyed seeing her in a maternal role - something she'll be doing more of on The 100 in season 5 so it was nice to get a glimpse of that here. Though I'm used to seeing Eliza's life in jeopardy on The 100, there were several times in this film where I had to pause and walk away because I feared for Kat's life and it was too intense. There are definitely some heart-pumping moments.
Ultimately, there are no winners in this game of life/world of struggle and you find yourself feeling sorry for the life some people live simply because of circumstances they were born into or forced into by chance. This is not my standard genre so I don't have other films to compare it to but I felt like the main actors put up solid performances. I was disappointed Lena Headey didn't have a bigger role and found I really enjoyed Daniel Webber (who I haven't seen before) in his role as Beaver. I felt the ending was a bit rushed but not so much that I would lower my rating. I definitely recommend if you are a fan of any of the stars or if you enjoy this type of film.