Black Snake Moan

Rated 3.0

Well, this film’s a little on the different side now, isn’t it? Samuel L. Jackson plays an old bluesman turned farmer who discovers the unconscious town nymphomaniac (Christina Ricci) on his property. After a trip into town for some medicine, he finds out about the woman’s troubles and aims to cure her of her evil ways. He does this by chaining her to his house’s radiator and exposing her to some down-home preaching and cooking. The film is ridiculous, but Jackson and Ricci make for a surprisingly good screen pair, and the screenplay successfully conveys that, while reckless in his techniques, the Jackson character has noble reasons for his actions. Ricci somehow manages to make her character a picture of strength, albeit strength with some serious troubles. Written and directed by Craig Brewer (Hustle & Flow).