movie review

Review: YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE (2017)

YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE (2017)

Director: Lynn Ramsay

Starring: Joaquin Phoenix

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This movie truly surprised me in the best of ways.  I’ve been on a year long kick of only really just watching 1960’s, 70’s and 80’s film.  So this is one of the few modern films I’ve watched lately.  This one stars Joaquin Phoenix, and is straight up gut wrenching and brutal. Punishing really.   Its done in an almost severely demented Charles Bronson revenge film sort of way.  The story is that of a whacked out vet who is now a “gun for hire”  He deals in rescuing trafficked underage girls.  Joe’s weapon of choice is a ball peen hammer.  Joe is as a anti hero…he really is demented and sick, but this film had me supportive of him and his methods all the way through it.  As a father this film really had a deep impact on me all the way through it.  The score is pretty insane, it really never stops, and just gets in your head to further the sickness of whats happening in the movie.  I loved this one. (NW)

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NW: Nate Wilson    DC: Devon Cahill   MA: Matt Average

 

2 comments

  1. I recently read the Jonathan Ames novella on which this movie was based. It’s a quick and powerful read. Would be interesting to see what you thought of the book having seen the movie — which I haven’t watched yet. The book is excellent.

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