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Marina Antunes [Celluloid 11.01.18] thriller drama

From the get-go, Alex Pettyfer appeared to be more than just a teen heartthrob and though he went through a rough patch after the release of Magic Mike the actor has, particularly over the last few years, emerged as an artist determined to shape his career in his own way. The results have, to date, been almost unanimously positive and it appears that Pettyfer will continue to impress in his next role: actor/director.

For his debut as a director, Pettyfer has chosen to direct an adaptation of Tawni O'Dell's best selling novel.

Back Roads stars Pettyfer as Harley Altmyer, a young man whose life is turned upside down when his mother is arrested for the murder of his abusive father and Harley is left to care for his three younger sisters. He seeks solace in a relationship with a married woman but when that begins to sour, his life takes an even worse turn.

Along with Pettyfer, the film also stars Juliette Lewis, Jennifer Morrison and Robert Patrick.

The first trailer for Back Roads suggests a fairly straightforward thriller with some interesting visual flares and though I might usually overlook something like this, I've been so impressed with Pettyfer's choices of late that I'm willing to take a chance on it. It also doesn't hurt that Lewis and Patrick seem to be spot on.

Back Roads will open in theatres and be available on VOD December 7.

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