The following reviewer gave it 3/5 and delivers a fair appraisal and some plot elements.
Our German neo-noir source offers the following:
"In the Appalachian Mountains, North Carolina, in 1974: 17-year-old Travis Shelton (Jeremy Irvine) knows nothing of the settler massacre that took place in the area in 1862 during the Civil War ... He lives with his father (Alex Van), who owns him does not understand and to whom he has no good relationship, and with his mother (Robin Mullins) in modest circumstances. Travis lost a job as a cashier in the supermarket on his first day when the manager (Tim Ware) watched him pay an old man (Don Young) the sum of $ 1 and 57 cents. While fishing, Travis notices a path that leads him to a run-down property that is surrounded by a breeding of marijuana plants. Travis pulls out his knife and cuts off one of the bushes, which he brings safely home with his pick-up truck. After dinner, he meets his buddy Shank (Haley Joel Osment) at a gas station and shows him the loot, because Shank understands something about it and has connections. Travis wants to sell the plant and together with Shank he drives to the ex-teacher Leonard Shuler (Noah Wyle), who lives with his girlfriend Dena (Minka Kelly) in a caravan and lives from drug trafficking. Leonard immediately smells the roast and still buys the goods from Travis for a small fee. The boys stop for a beer and Travis discovers that Leonard is studying the history of the area during the Civil War ...
"I think, violence begets violence. It does not stop. Like a sickness. "David Burris' feature film debut is an independent production that impresses. With a low budget and a bunch of outstanding performers, he manages to film the novel The World Made Straight (EA 2006) by Ron Rash, which in turn reworked newcomer Shane Danielsen into a screenplay. The result is a quiet thriller that should not be misinterpreted as a Backwoods movie despite its locations. In the wake of In The Electric Mist (FRA / USA 2009), Winter's Bone (USA 2010), Mud (USA 2012) or Eye for an Eye - Out of The Furnace (USA / UK 2013), committed to a narrative nested by flashbacks and In the beginning, with a narrator from the off, the film uses in some ways the developed tradition of current neo-noir cinema. The shadow of the past is particularly long, but Angry Land always keeps an eye on the individual stories of all characters in the presence of its plot. The film shows their interconnectedness in the history of the country as each unique family ties and as rooting in an endless spiral of violence, from which there seems to be no escape. The confrontation with some secrets of his own descent, which his father concealed from him, Travis Shelton leads to the discovery of so many ambivalences and abysses of his immediate environment and its inhabitants."