The term “grain entrapment” meant nothing to me until I moved to a more rural region of my home-state of Illinois. Around here, silos stand tall over vast acres of manicured farms. They’re necessary containers for storage in effort to feed large portions of the country. They can also be unforgiving death traps, especially for children. While federal regulation has aided in preventing many deaths from grain engulfment, smaller, family farms are exempt from such laws, with children often working around dangerous equipment — and grain bins.
For anyone in a sparsely populated area such as myself, Marshall Burnette’s Silo shows a lifestyle that comes with a heavy price. Too often are rural communities shortchanged in film, with individuals in these parts depicted as backwards hicks who preach the gospel of racism. You’ll certainly find some, but I assure you’ll find most people in areas like this are very similar to the folks in Silo. They’re honest, hard-working people with a moral compass.
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Steve Pulaski has been reviewing movies since 2009 for a barrage of different outlets. He graduated North Central College in 2018 and currently works as an on-air radio personality in North Central Illinois. He also hosts a weekly movie podcast called "Sleepless with Steve," dedicated to film and the film industry, on his YouTube channel. In addition to writing, he's a die-hard Chicago Bears fan and has two cats, appropriately named Siskel and Ebert!