Aiden Young in Rectify. (Sundance)

UnRevenge Porn: How ‘Rectify’ is Changing the Rural Mystery Landscape

A man stands on death row twenty years for the death of his girlfriend, (some of) his family proclaiming his innocence. Then, because of a technicality, the man is let back into the world, into his rural Georgia community, and immediately sets about trying to…well, not much, actually. At least not by the standards of most prison dramas we watch as entertainment. He doesn’t try to get revenge on the persons responsible for the death (if there are any), or the people who locked him up. He doesn’t show that much effort in solving any mystery, except maybe the mystery of now, of the world that has changed so much in his absence.

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