Black Snake Moan (2006)

CRAIG BREWER

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5

USA, 2006.  Paramount Classics, New Deal Productions, Southern Cross the Dog Productions.  Screenplay by Craig Brewer.  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

You ever hear the one about the nympho and the blues singer? Craig Brewer doesn’t do full justice to the interesting premise of this steamy drama, but it does have its moments.  is excellent as a sex-obsessed young woman whose boyfriend () leaves to serve in the army and she begins to dally around with all the town’s men. One night an angry friend of Timberlake’s leaves her beaten and unconscious on a dirt road, near death until a farmer and blues musician () finds her and nurses her back to health. When he realizes her reputation and the trouble that she’s gotten herself into, Jackson chains her to his radiator determined to use his spiritual beliefs to cure her of the evil that makes her such a wanton woman. While the concept is dangerously sexy, the execution of it gets high marks for performances and not much else. The story doesn’t ripen towards anything notable, but you won’t hate yourself for it either.

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