Film review: Mojave (4 out of 5)

Garrett Hedlund and Oscar Isaac in Mojave
Garrett Hedlund and Oscar Isaac in Mojave

I like atmospheric movies - sultry characters with hidden depths in a plot that refuses to follow any tried and trusted formula.

Of course, you need a good cast to back all this up.

Mojave is certainly atmospheric and with the likes of Oscar Isaacs and Garrett Hedlund has plenty of welly on the acting front.

Hedlund plays Thomas, an artist who appears to be metaphorically in a very dark place.

He also prefers to answer with a snarl and his fists rather than a laugh and joke.

During a drive into the desert he ends up meeting a homicidal drifter called Jack (Isaacs).

Thomas returns to his luxuriant lifestyle in LA, followed by Jack who now holds a dark secret over his adversary’s head.

It’s a question of who will survive an inevitable final meeting between the two.

It’s written and directed by William Monahan who manages to capture an almost film noir mood.

There’s no heroes versus villains scenario here - all the characters are pretty unpleasant.

But it’s a fascinating film that follows its own unusual path and is all the more enjoyable for that reason.

MOJAVE (Oscar Isaac, Garrett Hedlund, Mark Wahlberg, Walton Goggins)

Signature Entertainment Presents Mojave at Cinemas and on Demand from 25th March

Cert: 15

Run Time: 91mins