Costner, Lane lead powerhouse thriller

The film made $1.5 million from 2,454 theaters on its first day, including $150,000 from previews. It went on to debut to $4 million, becoming the second straight Focus Features film to top the box office after Come Play had the week prior. The audience was 66% over the age of 35, with 52% being female. The film made $1.8 million in its second weekend.

It’s the seasoned actors, Kevin Costner and Diane Lane, who bring this drama, revenge film over the top.

It’s set in Montana 1961.

George Blackledge (Costner) is a retired sheriff. He and his wife Margaret (Lane) live with their son James (Ryan Bruce), his wife Lorna (Kayli Carter), and their newborn grandson, Jimmy. One day James is out riding his horse, Lorna has filled the bath for Jimmy.

The horse returns without James. George rides out and eventually finds James with a broken neck, dead beside a creek bank. The father assumes his son was thrown from the horse.

The Blackledges are a tough family, one used to hardship and known for their ability to press forward.

Three years later, Lorna remarries a hard-barked man Donnie Weboy (Will Brittain). One a trip to town, Margaret sees Donnie hit both Jimmy and Lorna from a distance.

The mother goes to visit this mismatched family to discover Donnie, Lorna and Jimmy have left without even saying goodbye.

Now she worries for the safety of their only grandchild. At first, George tells her to stay out of it, but knows his wife is just as hard headed as he is so the two set off to find the family.

The journey takes them to an even more barren state North Dakota. There they meet a young Native American man named Peter (Booboo Stewart) who helps them locate Donnie's uncle, Bill Weboy (Jeffrey Donovan).

It’s a cold meeting and they soon discover the Weboy family have control of the area even the police. Nevertheless, this back woods family invites the Blackledges to dinner.

Over the meal they meet Donnie's family, including Blanche (Lesley Manville), the mother who rules with quick temper and strength. They are only able to see Jimmy and Lorna briefly, and feel they are not welcome so leave.

It’s clear by now the two families are going to bump heads again, with George and Margaret intent on getting their daughter in law and grandson out of danger.

The Weboys won’t allow that and warn with violence that if the Blackledges don’t leave on thier own, they’ll leave in body bags.

This is one wilderness thriller you don’t want to miss.

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