Wednesday, February 19, 2014

At Any Price

An unscrupulous farm seed proprietor (Dennis Quaid) contends with a maligned competitor (Clancy Brown), a wife (Kim Dickens) on the verge of discovering his mistress, an impending fraud investigation, and a restless son (Zac Efron) with aspirations of a stock car career in favor of taking over  the family business. With At Any Price, Ramin Bahrani opts for a bigger budget and a star cast, but still manages to tell a mostly compelling, though somewhat erratic, but still humanistic story. Efron is successful except for moments that call for the highest drama and I connected with Quaid even though his performance with toothy and mannered. The radiant newcomer Maika Monroe is quite good playing Efron's runaway girlfriend whom the family takes in.