Nicolas Cage has returned to our screens with an outstanding dramatic performance as the title character in director David Gordon Green’s new crime drama JOE.

We haven’t seen Nicolas Cage in a role like JOE for some time. As the title character in director David Gordon Green’s new crime drama, he gives what many have been calling ‘one of his best performances’, ranking right up there with his unforgettable Oscar-winning portrayal in Mike Figgis’ Leaving Las Vegas. Cage‘s JOE is an ex-con struggling with life outside of prison who meets a young boy Gary, played by Tye Sheridan the breakout star of last year’s brilliant Jeff Nichols film Mud, and tries to help him escape from an increasingly violent family situation.

It also seems like a return for director Gordon Green whose debut film, the beautifully told drama George Washington, made such a splash on the independent circuit back in 2000 but who we’ve since seen more attached to comedies like The Sitter, Your Highness, and Pineapple Express. He seemed to be veering back towards more serious stories though most recently, with the well-received Prince Avalanche starring Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch.

“What have you done, Joe”

We’ll see what he does next but in the meantime, have a look at the superb trailer…