Saturday, April 21, 2018

You Were Never Really Here (2017)

Director: Lynne Ramsay. Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Judith Roberts, Ekaterina Samsonov. 90 min. Rated R. UK/France/USA. Mystery/Thriller.

One of the most "morbid" hitman stories ever. As opposed to ... a "delightful" hitman story? Yes, because assassination of the evil carries a certain catharsis. But not this one. Joaquin Phoenix plays one of the most disturbed good guys you've seen on-screen; a man so haunted by past demons, even achievements at saving the innocent give him suicidal ideations. He's a robot with a death wish, either to take out or be taken out. Chilling cinematography and soundtrack elevate this to perfection, and since Ramsay also directed We Need to Talk About Kevin, I must seek out her other films.

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