If I am honest I must say that as a Zac Efron supporter I didn't expect a movie with such a story behind. I knew it was about the country "world" an the pursue your dreams, a typical motto, and the feeling of do whatever you want to do, but this movie has lots of things behind that make it special.
This is a movie about the corruption of the agriculture by big companies and the fight between the farmers to be on the top, using everything they can. Not just that, but also the story of a family with two sons, where one could be whatever he wanted, he doesn't even appear, phisically, in the movie, and another, called Dean (Efron) that wants to be a race car driver.
So the film combines this two stories to make one big story about how people can do things and be so ambitious, that when we finally have what we want, we see that the consequences may not make it worth it. And in the movie, this happens. You might like the ending or not but it makes perfect sense with the title.
The movie also shows another thing which makes it a very good movie, and it's related with what I've said before. It shows the feelings of the a dilemma that the greeks already evidenced in their theatre plays. The dilemma that Antigona has it's similar to the one that Henry, the father, has. Does he obey the law or does he defend his son and help him to continue with his life?
This last question is the one that makes you think that you may have made the same descision or not, but that there's no question on the difficulties of the answer you may give. Zac Efron really does a very good perfomance, and he is on the right path to become a serious actor. Dennis Quaid potraits amazingly his character and Maika Monroe does it very well, knowing that this is her break out role...
I really liked the approach relating to the life on the country, the difficulties of this world and how it shows how ambitious we are nowadays.