The World Made Straight

 (66)5.51 h 59 min2015R
In a rural Appalachian community haunted by the legacy of a Civil War massacre, a rebellious young man struggles to escape the violence that would bind him to the past.
David Burris
Noah WyleJeremy IrvineMinka Kelly
English [CC]
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Haley Joel Osment
David BurrisTodd J. LabarowskiMichael Wrenn
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4.3 out of 5 stars

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LoriReviewed in the United States on June 14, 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
Bad third act.
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Theres a reason why youve never heard of this one. Why it only has 46 reviews. Id have to classify it as a disappointment. Because it had me pretty invested, but the wheels came off in the third act. Flew off. And killed a passing motorist. I cant speak about the book, or whatever elements are based on actual history. Just that this seems to have a lot of pointless time filler to make it unnecessarily hit the two hour mark. A lot of "why didnt he pull a gun sooner?", and "why did he cooperate if his plan was to turn on them anyway?" scenarios. Maybe its just me, a lot of people seem to be impressed by it, but i think that entire third act is very clunky and bloated?
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Melanie WillardReviewed in the United States on November 14, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Nice character study with added interest
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Nostalgic. I felt like i was close to home. So good that I got the book and read it. I really enjoy character studies of Appalachian families or communities. My home is the foot hills of Alabama, but we have a unique anthropology of our own. I miss my home every day. Movies like this makes me feel nostalgic. Oh. There's drug issues, and territorial disputes to give the story some spice. And a murder mystery of two. And some interesting historical ghost stories. I enjoyed it very much and recommend for people from the smokies And FoR Those Thinking of exploring That Natural Beauty!
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Quiet AwakeningReviewed in the United States on October 14, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
fairly true to the book
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I was skeptical about Noah Wylie playing a western North Carolina mountain man, but did respectably well. This movie is based on probably my favorite Ron Rash novel to this point. The movie appears to be filmed exclusively or almost exclusively in Madison County, NC, which is familiar so that makes it even more enjoyable to watch the movie. I thought Dena's character was not as rough-looking as she realistically would most likely be, so that was a bit of a weakness (A bit closer to Dale Dickey in "Winter's Bone" but younger would have been more fitting in my opinion). Watched it the first time on the computer, the second time on the TV screen; a larger screen is beneficial to the cinematography.
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V. L. VanderveerReviewed in the United States on April 17, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
Beautiful Cinematic Tapestry of History and Fiction in the Timeless Appalachians
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Ron Rash is a true master at weaving the fabric of history (the Shelton Laurel Massacre of 1863) with rich Appalachian fiction. Though Leonard, Travis, and the Toomeys are fictitious characters, their personalities are universal and stay with you. Amazingly, this film perfectly captured Rash's book. After watching the travesty of a movie based on his incredibly harrowing novel "Serena," I wasn't entering this film was high hopes. Perhaps it's because these characters are so well developed by Rash that they easily jump onto the silver screen, or perhaps this time the actors knew what was needed and didn't try to fake their way through the film, or perhaps it's nothing more than this story being set in the Appalachians and their charm permeates the stories. Whatever it is, "A World Made Straight" is truly wonderful. Knowing about the characters in Rash's novel (I highly recommend it - absolutely wonderful without trying to make as much of a statement as "Serena" did and without overplaying his hand with "Saints at the River") makes these movie versions more tangible, but so much of the spirit from his book is present that you can watch it without journeying into a timeless North Carolina Appalachian town in print. Using Leonard as the narrator for the Doctor's journal was excellent and how I had imagined it, and I really enjoy the ending. That was something I thought a movie would try to tidy up instead of letting it flow; by leaving the ending as Rash wrote it, the viewer can decide on what happens to his/her versions of the characters. If you enjoy Southern noire or are enticed by the repetitions of history that overplay our everyday lives, you will enjoy this movie. As I said, the book is also fantastic and I highly recommend it.
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Keith BickelReviewed in the United States on February 18, 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
"The combination of rednecks & drugs was one of the worst things to come out of the 60s."
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The world in 1974 Appalachia tied into events from the 1860s. Interesting movie with a competent small cast.

Shot on location in western NC, in some familiar places.

Accurate historically, but it's not the same history they teach in school.

Picture & sound are good, but some of the dialog is indistinct, like talking away from the microphone.
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Larry LaddReviewed in the United States on December 28, 2015
4.0 out of 5 stars
I haven't seen Noah Wyle in any movies in quite some time and was glad to see him acting once again
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The acting was superb and the plot had several unexpected twists. I haven't seen Noah Wyle in any movies in quite some time and was glad to see him acting once again. I thought Jeremy Irvine's acting was awesome! as well. It would have been nice to have confirmed that he and the girl were together at the last although I don't think he left town with her. Excerpts from the civil war doctor's old journal being intertwined throughout the story line was a nice touch. Just enough of the journal was read without being overdone. The idea of civil war mistrust among families of this region a century ago carrying down to ancestors of the present was a novel idea: I liked how it was woven into the story.
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RenaldoReviewed in the United States on February 9, 2019
3.0 out of 5 stars
Beat Minka
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Not a fan of Minka in this capacity. Only can say seen movie. Will be selling.
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Tammy A.Reviewed in the United States on January 18, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
Beautiful filming, spot on soundtrack
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Extraordinary depiction of life and death in small town rural Appalachia, ghosts appearing from times past interweaving and existing in the present day lives of the ancestors most of whom are unaware of their presence. Learning the tragic circumstances of his family's involvement in Civil War loyalties and their subsequent deaths at the hands of neighbors and community, a young seventeen year old boy meets those ghosts and quickly comes of age. Beautiful filming, spot on soundtrack, great casting make this a rich experience for the viewer. Southern Noir at its finest...very pleased to call Madison County home myself, most of the filming shot within a mile of my mountain enclave. Beautiful movie!
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