By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs
Sometimes a movie can be small and quiet, yet still make a powerful statement and leave a lasting impression. Such is the case with the new movie “Land”
from Robin Wright
(“Wonder Woman 1984” and upcoming “Zack Snyder’s Justice League”) who also stars in her impressive directorial debut.
In “Land” Wright plays a troubled and hurt woman named Edee, who despite therapy and the best intentions of those closest to her is still haunted and unable to shake the memories of a family tragedy.
She’s shut down emotionally to everyone and decides the best way for her to cope is to get as far away as she can. Edee packs up her belongings in her car and heads out--intentionally leaving her cell phone behind--to a recently purchased remote cabin tucked away in the Wyoming mountains.
This isn’t one of those nice hideaways with all the amenities. In fact, it’s rather run down and needs a lot of work, but you can’t beat the views.
Edee quickly learns she’s hardly a mountain woman and her survival skills are lacking because she can’t even chop wood to burn in the dusty fireplace. Fortunately, she has a supply of canned food that may last a few months, but who knows what she’ll do after that.
Clearly, Edee didn’t think this move through very well and while she’s outside of the cabin using the bathroom, a big black bear ransacks the place and devours most of her food leaving her starving and freezing.
If it weren’t for a hunter (Demian Bichir, “The Midnight Sky”) passing through and finding Edee, she would have died. Fortunately, Miguel (Bichir) and his wife who is a nurse, take the time and care for Edee and save her life.
Now, Edee is grateful to the kind strangers but still unwilling to open up to people. That is until Miguel shares some of his tragic life stories which makes Edee come around and face her past and helps her finally move forward in a big way.
“Land” is a simple movie about the power of kindness and compassion and Wright shows that she’s just as talented in front of the camera as she is behind it.
Editor’s Note: “Land” opens in limited theaters on Feb. 12.
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Watch This Trailer For "LAND"
Lana K. Wilson-Combs is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), The Black Film Critics Circle (BFCC), The American Film Institute (AFI), and a Nominating Committee Voting Member for the NAACP Image Awards.