The 88-year-old actor plays Ben Givens, a retired heart surgeon suffering from terminal cancer, with his deeply creased face exemplifying “craggy,” yet nonetheless slim and sporting a leonine mane of white hair. East of the Mountains is a drama film direct by SJ Chiro that premieres in April 2021 at the Seattle International Film Festival. It will be release in US theatres in September 2021. The film is based on David Guterson’s novel East of the Mountains.
There isn’t a lot of conflict in “East of the Mountains.” Skerritt’s character, Ben, nearly loses his dog Rex when another ferocious canine goes for Rex’s throat. And, while Ben eventually confronts the owner of the unruly dog, this isn’t a “John Wick”-style revenge narrative. Ben is far too old for it. Accordingly, if you want to learn more about the movie, keep reading this blog till the finish.
Review Of East of the Mountains
He hasn’t told anyone, not even his devoted daughter Renee (Mira Sorvino), about his condition. Furthermore his determination to not go gently into that good night is hinted at in the film’s opening minutes, when he places a shotgun to his head. He does not carry it out right away, instead opting to take his pet spaniel, Rex, on a camping vacation in the hilly region of eastern Washington where he grew up, presumably to complete the deed.
His plans suddenly unravel. First, his car breaks down, forcing him to take a lift from a charming young couple. However, who are perplexes when he insists on dropping them off in the middle of nowhere. Then, as Ben is enjoying a campfire and a leisurely toke on a forgotten joint he discovers in his travel pack, Rex is viciously attacked and nearly killed by a coyote hunter’s dog (John Paulsen). Ben is forced to kill the other dog, and the enraged hunter retaliates by snatching his firearm.
The slow tempo and minimalist plotline may irritate some viewers. However, those who are patient will be rewarded handsomely by the sharp characterizations and banter. Those attributes are on full show in moments involving Ben’s strained reunion with his estranged, blunt-spoken brother, which never falls flat. East of the Mountains could have came across as monotonous, maudlin, or both with a different actor. On the other hand, Skerritt gives a performance of such restrained eloquence and dignity that it emerges as a modest gem.
Trailer of East of the Mountains
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The Main Cast
- Tom Skerritt as Ben Givens
- Mira Sorvino as Renee Givens
- Annie Gonzalez as Anita Romero
- Victoria Summer Felix as Young Rachel