First Glance: “Stillwater”

Matt Damon teams up with director Tom McCarthy in the new film “Stillwater”, a crime thriller about a father trying to prove his estranged daughter’s innocence after she is accused of murder. This is McCarthy’s first dramatic feature since “Spotlight”, a movie that earned him Oscars for Best Picture and Best Screenplay. The premise is full of potential and the trailer shows off a wonderful international flavor. And it goes without saying there is plenty of talent at the top.

Damon plays an Oklahoma oil-rig worker who learns his daughter (Abigail Breslin) has been charged with murder while studying overseas in Marseille. So he flies over to exonerate her and find the truth behind what happened. But the clashes of culture and hard-to-penetrate language barriers complicate matters. And navigating the country’s complex legal system proves to be more than he can handle. There’s a lot to like about the first trailer, especially Damon walking around the streets of Marseille with his truckers cap, Carhartt work shirt, and thick Southern drawl. Hopefully the story meets its potential.

“Stillwater” releases in theaters July 30th. Check out the trailer below and let me know if you’ll be seeing it or taking a pass.

11 thoughts on “First Glance: “Stillwater”

  1. Looks good. Damon is an excellent actor and Abigail Breslin has been one of my favorites for years. My fear is it might be more of the same, but I anticipate it will be good.

  2. I like the idea of Damon being out of his comfort zone and trying to navigate the systems and the streets of another culture. He looks a little too tan and wrinkle-free to have a job where he works outside all day, but… I’m in!

  3. I actually got a few chills during this trailer. I am hoping the trailer did not show to much as I want to be surprised. Lots to unpack and I think this will be a hit, maybe even Oscar worthy.

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