Black Snake Moan
Samuel L. Jackson as Lazarus in Black Snake Moan
“There is something for everyone” in Black Snake Moan. This is is a “must see”. Read on:
A poignant but gritty, challenging yet touching depiction of two damaged souls in the South, Hustle and Flow director and writer Craig Brewer has scored again with Black Snake Moan. From the opening scene to the final credits, this is a film with numerous layers and themes, all of which are equally riveting and complex.
Ronnie (Justin Timberlake) has decided that it is his duty to serve his country and is shipping out the following day, much to his girlfriend Rae’s (Christina Ricci) dismay. As he pulls out of the driveway, Rae first makes us aware that Ronnie’s departure evokes deeply rooted anxiety and panic attacks. We later learn that the panic stems from childhood sexual abuse and, ironically, is satiated only by more loveless sex. As a result, she has garnered a reputation as a tramp and is treated as such by everyone from the local pimp to her own mother who turned a blind eye to the abuse. When Rae tries to block out the pain of Ronnie’s absence with drugs and alcohol, she falls into the wrong hands and is left for dead on the side of the road.
Lazarus (Samuel L. Jackson) is trying to block some pain of his own. His wife has left him for his younger brother and in spite of their attempts to receive his blessing there is no forgiveness in his hardened heart. After a night of drinking and some talented blues playing, he wanders out to the road and finds Rae, barely clothed, bloodied and beaten. Being a good Christian, he knows he can’t leave her there with a clear conscious and throws her over his shoulder to take her inside.
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