Of important note: it gives voice to white poverty, and there’s a whole resurgent genre of Texas Noir that seems to be doing similar. Bad Turn Worse, Cold in July, Killer Joe, as well as Justified…it’s not like it’s new per se, with films like Out Of The Furnace and Winter’s Bone and The Killer Inside Me, but it seems to be growing (it’s also big in Australia: The Cut Bank and The Rover and Goldstone and more). These films aren’t addressing race per se, but I do think they speak to a growing sentiment of white poor anxiety that’s nicely explored in this New Yorker piece.
Just as their whiteness is important, so is their manhood. Would highly recommend this piece on masculinity in the age of insecurity.