I am beginning to think that this film should not be dismissed so easily.
The reviews have ranged from "Masterpiece" to "Terrible" but the good reviews are gaining in numbers more than the bad.
It currently has a Rotten Tomatoes rating of:
Which is not to be sniffed at (higher than most of the films that end up getting nominated for Best Picture).
I am thinking that this could still score enough with a few Academy members to get nominations for Robert DuVall, Viggo Mortensen and art direction.
It certainly looks grim. I do not know how much more grim and gritty I can take this year.