When this made headlines a few years back, it must have read like the predecessor of the current “Florida Man” stories.
This is a powerful showcase for Roberts and Hedges, and they are up to the challenge.
Overall, this is a film that could have accomplished more, but seems fine with just being solid. There is plenty to like about The Mule, if not a lot to love.
The script tries to do too much, without giving anything the focus it would take to succeed. The film is at it’s best when it is a small-scale family drama, but falls apart when things go wider.
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It’s gritty, grim and thought-provoking; a dark tale about horrors we prefer to shield ourselves from until they come knocking at our door.
Luckily for Ron Woodruff, he refused to take his thirty-days-left-to-live diagnosis at face value, and managed to turn a death sentence into a life story.