What You Need To Know - July 20, 2020

Arkansas - What You Need To Know
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Arkansas - What You Need To Know

Two drug dealers are living the life of Riley in their native Arkansas, but when a deal goes bad, things very quickly turn nasty. We preview this dark new thriller...


Who’s in it?

Liam Hemsworth leads the way, but he's backed by a stellar supporting cast that also includes Clark Duke, Michael Kenneth Williams, Vivica A. Fox, Eden Brolin, Chandler Duke, John Malkovich and Vince Vaughn.  

There's also a soundtrack from beloved pop eccentrics The Flaming Lips. 


And who’s directing?

Clark Duke, who you might know from Hot Tub Time Machine and the US take on The Office, directs and has co-written the script with Andrew Boonkrong. The film is based on the novel of the same name by Andrew Brandon.


What’s the plot?

Hemsworth plays Kyle Ribb, a drug dealer who has just moved to rural Arkansas. He works for a man nicknamed Frog, who he has never met, and is partnered up with another dealer, Duke's far too talkative Swin Horn.

The pair work under John Malkovich's Bright, a ranger at a local park. They are assigned trailers to live in and are ordered to keep a low profile. 

Initially, business is good, but when a deal goes bad, the duo are forced to look up the chain of command and begin a long fight to get themselves out of trouble...


Does it deliver? 

Only denied a cinema release by the COVID-19 pandemic, this is a twisty thriller which also features plenty of laughs. 


Arkansas is out now in hmv's online store and available to purchase here. 

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