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North Country (2005)


Why does all-of-a-sudden every dude just get horny when they automatically see a chick here?

Based on an inspiring real-life event that took place in the 1970s, North Country stars Charlize Theron in another low-glamour but high-impact role as Josey Aimes, one of only a handful of women working in the Minnesota iron mines. Forced to labor under sexist conditions, she and her female colleagues decide to stand up against the unrelenting harassment from their male counterparts.

You’re probably sitting there now, wondering to yourself after you just read the premise and thought, “Haven’t I seen this before?’. And the truth is yes have, almost every two hours on Lifetime channel.

The film actually does have some moments where it was actually a bit up-lifting, which is probably because the way they depict the way these chicks are treated, was just absolutely terrible and I really wouldn’t wish it on anyone else at all. It’s also kind of sad that these events are actually true and it kind of makes me ashamed of the ways dude treat their women. But other than that, that’s all I felt from this film.

The main problem with this film is that director Niki Caro lets all of this just seem totally over-dramatized and so unbearably obvious that it makes the film almost seem like a really crappy soap-opera rather than an actual inspiration tale that changed the way women work with men forever. I didn’t really get a reason as to why these dudes acted like complete and such little boys with these girls, and the reason we’re actually given, is totally unbelievable and just forced.

I also never understood why any of these guys actually stood up for these chicks, instead of just sitting back and letting it happen. I mean, can every single guy in Minnesota not think for themselves and actually stand up for other human-beings when their being treated like pieces of shit? It’s also kind of weird in a film that basically preaches respecting humanity, it sure does have a lot of pain inflicted on its characters.

Charlize Theron is good as Josey Aimes and shows how her bitterness increases into something that makes her stronger as a woman, and gives her the power to fight back against these d-bags. The only thing is that we don’t see any other side of Josey other than this, and even though Theron plays her very well it’s kind of a disappointment to see what could have been a really complex and great lead, sort of one-note.

Frances McDormand is fine as Glory in her little feisty role that always works so well for her but isn’t in the film as much really; Sean Bean and Woody Harrelson are good as the only two men in all of Minnesota that seem like they actually have a soul; and Richard Jenkins and Sissy Spacek are both good as Theron’s parents. However, the best performance out of the whole cast is Jeremy Renner as this uber d-bag named Bobby Sharp, who Theron’s character went out with when she was younger and almost every scene he had, sort of started to give me the chills. Renner scores emotional depth in a character that would just seem like a total cliche and when the film was over, I remembered his character more than Theron’s actually.

Consensus: What could have been up-lifting and inspirational, gets totally bogged down by hokey, predictable, and sappy cliches that takes a lot away from what’s being talked about in North Country, which could actually seem very important had it been given better direction.

3.5/10=SomeOleBullShitt!!

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10 responses to “North Country (2005)

  1. Steven Flores August 19, 2011 at 4:31 am

    Yeah, this movie sucked. The melodrama was way too much for me. I like the cast but man, some of the performances were bad. There were moments that I thought was extremely ridiculous such as Michelle Monaghan crying over semen. And the last court room scene. Come on. I’m shaking my head stating “no, no, no, no, no, no”.

  2. skinneejay August 19, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    Okay since I haven’t watched anything like it I don’t have much to stay but I wanted to show I exist.

    But yeah you know how to write. I’ll go and read more reviews.

  3. NeverTooEarlyMP August 19, 2011 at 11:01 pm

    Haven’t seen the film (and with a 3.5 out of 10 I probably won’t), but I loved your first line: Why does all-of-a-sudden every dude just get horny when they automatically see a chick here?

  4. Candice Frederick August 20, 2011 at 12:06 am

    awww i really like this movie! and love everyone in it. my second favorite theron performance.

  5. Nostra August 20, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    Doesn’t sound to interesting to me even before I looked at the score. One to skip then….

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