The Mustang 0.0 stars

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Roman (Matthias Schoenaerts), a broodingly inarticulate, uncommonly barbaric convict, returns to the general population, where he reluctantly accepts a position in a rehab program that entails breaking wild horses slated for adoption. He first goes full-Mongo on his assigned steed by punching the daylights out of the beast. Cranky old horse wrangler Myles (Bruce Dern) has a soft spot for dumb animals and decides to give Roman another shot at the stable. The pug presumes the only way to get the horse to approach him is by shouting obscenities through violently flailing arms. (It works!) And after nearly choking his cellmate to death, Roman is still allowed to participate in the auction. (Nothing short of setting fire to the warden’s family is going to stop this miscreant.) Add to the mix a pregnant daughter who hates dad’s guts and a fortune of cliches generally found in rodeo and/or prison pictures and you’ll wish you had packed a few knotted bedsheets to make an early escape. Newcomer Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre directs.

Scott Marks

Length: 1 hour, 36 minutes

Rated: R

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