Nicolas Cage in the First Trailer for Joe

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Nicolas Cage certainly appears to put in a great performance in Joe, the new film from director David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express). The film follows an ex-con (Cage), an unlikely role model who meets a 15-year-old boy (Tye Sheridan) and is faced with the choice of redemption or ruin. Green’s Pineapple Express may have put his name on the mainstream map, but he’s previous pictures – including George Washington, All the Real Girls and Snow Angels – were decent dramas that provide confidence in his latest outing. Early reviews are describing this as a great piece of work, as well as a return to form for Cage. Check out the first international trailer below.

Official synopsis for Joe:

In the dirty unruly world of small-town Texas, ex-convict Joe Ransom (Cage) has tried to put his dark past behind him and to live a simple life. He works for a lumber company by day, drinks by night. But when 15-year-old Gary (Sheridan) – a kid trying to support his family – comes to town, desperate for work, Joe has found a way to atone for his sins – to finally be someone’s hero. As Joe tries to protect Gary, the pair will take the twisting road to redemption in the hope for a better life in this tough, hard-hitting but incredibly moving story.

 ETA: USA – 11 April, 2014.