Stillwater (2021)

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You might expect Stillwater to be a lot like Taken: Matt Damon, Jason Bourne himself, lets loose in France trying to save his wrongfully convicted daughter? Sign us up.

But it turns out to be something more complex, and interesting than the typical dads saving daughters routine. Damon’s Oklahoma roughneck Bill Baker starts out deeply suspicious of the French, and assumes his daughter (Abigail Breslin) has been railroaded into a cell. But he has to solve the problem with his brains and empathy, not brawn.

Some dad-on-the-warpath movies are really just excuses for a middle-aged “regular guy” to fight a world that’s gotten too permissive for his tastes. But Stillwater isn’t.

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