Drama – NR – 94 min – Tickets $8 – Get tickets online
Fri, July 11: 4:45, 9:15 p.m.
Sat, July 12: 4:45, 7:00 p.m.
Sun, July 13: 3:00, 7:30 p.m.
Mon, July 14: 4:45, 9:15 p.m.
Tues, July 15: 4:45, 7:00 p.m.
Wed, July 16: 7:00, 9:15 p.m.
Thurs, July 17: 4:45, 9:15 p.m.
Obsessed with heavy metal, dirt bike racing and partaking in the occasional act of vandalism with his band of delinquents, the behavior of 13-year-old Jacob Wilson (Josh Wiggins) has begun to raise concerns around his small town, especially when it starts to involve his younger brother Wes (newcomer Deke Garner). While the boys’ father Hollis (two-time Emmy Award-winner Aaron Paul) loves his sons, he is still reeling from the loss of their mother, spending more time drowning his sorrows at the local bar and working on his damaged beach house than being an active parent.
When the local authorities catch wind of the increasingly volatile situation, Wes is taken into custody by his Aunt Pam (Juliette Lewis), leaving Jacob and Hollis to fend for themselves. In Wes’ absence, Jacob becomes increasingly obsessed with two things: winning a local motocross championship and getting his brother back. Writer/director Kat Candler paints the powerful portrait of a family on the brink of dissolution set against the haunting backdrop of the refineries of Southeast Texas. South x Southwest Festival winner Hellion was well-received when it screened here at Cinetopia, don’t miss it beginning Friday, July 11.
“Hellion offers a startling and memorable portrait of adolescent life in downscale East Texas suburbia, along with a white-hot breakthrough performance from teenage actor Josh Wiggins.” – Salon.com
“Though some characters go underdeveloped, Hellion marks one of Hollywood’s most realistic examinations of rural high school angst since Friday Night Lights, another teen drama set in Texas.” – USA Today
“Hellion is a well-observed and patiently told story, with one good scene after another, featuring amazing performances across the board, but particularly from newcomer Josh Wiggins.” – RogerEbert.com