Stranded somewhere between exuberantly bad and merely boring, THE INDIAN RUNNER is a bloated resume film hobbled by a script as slight as the Bruce Springsteen song upon which it's based.
Set in rural Ohio during the 60s, the film follows the fates of two brothers, one a failed farmer who's become a cop and the other a plain failure, a violent black sheep who returns home from military duty in Vietnam to wreak havoc and heartbreak on his family. From the opening moments, Joe
Roberts (David Morse) is wracked by guilt, having just killed a redneck in a gun battle on a snow-covered country road. Brother Frank (Viggo Mortensen) shows up, still in uniform, just long...