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  1. Adam Whybray's rating of the film Essential Killing

    3.7 stars. Occupies a singular space between intimate verité, contemporary action film and surrealist fable. Is the essential part of life the banal minutiae of chit-chat & ants nests & green shoots pushing through snow; the moral decisions we make moment-to-moment; or just eating and sleeping and staying alive? Gallo gives impressively unself-conscious performance in which you can almost feel his character's pain.

  2. FISCHER's rating of the film Essential Killing

    Un époustouflant Vincent Gallo en bête traquée dans un environnement hostile et inconnu, tenaillé par la faim, le froid, la fatigue et la douleur, avec en filigrane le conflit afghan, dans un dramatique récit intemporel et dénonciateur qui culmine dans une puissante et silencieuse scène finale, entre poésie noire et destin inexorable, magnifique centaure mortellement blessé au petit matin... www.cinefiches.com

  3. Mr.Pacha's rating of the film Essential Killing

  4. Yx Xz's rating of the film Essential Killing

  5. Harrywolf Krstl's rating of the film Essential Killing

  6. Daniel S.'s rating of the film Essential Killing

    Seen in the Film Library of Lisbon, Portugal (a wonderful place). When sand and snow look alike, Vincent Gallo loses his points of references and becomes a beast. Try not to be stopped by the argument of the film, it's a metaphorical movie. Highly recommended.

  7. Ahmet Burak Kaya's rating of the film Essential Killing

  8. Max Seqgar's rating of the film Essential Killing

    What initially seemed to be an interesting antithesis to American Sniper, the movie dwindled down to yet another strike-a-poser plop starring Gallo. Not even because he didn't have lines to blurt was this movie passable. Nice shots though.

  9. Frank Blaakmeer's rating of the film Essential Killing

  10. goverselle's rating of the film Essential Killing

    it charmed me. and glued me. watched it three times at row

  11. paul oram's rating of the film Essential Killing

    Harsh. Raw. Yet asks no questions and offers no reasons - commentary enough.

  12. jan pieter's rating of the film Essential Killing

    Als je zin hebt om langdurig naar een hijgende man te staren die met zijn laatste krachten bessen en boomschors opeet dan is deze film echt een aanrader! Belachelijke clichématig beeld van een taliban-strijder die mensen door het hoofd schiet afgewisseld met flashbacks van religieuze propaganda. Bedankt voor het bevestigen van mijn bekrompen wereldbeeld!

  13. El Biffo's rating of the film Essential Killing

    Vincent Gallo as a Taliban! How perfect. A totally unique and creative film.

  14. lepetitjermey's rating of the film Essential Killing

  15. Vi's rating of the film Essential Killing

    Total packend. Die Geschichte ist trauriger als man das wahrhaben möchte, aber so zu filmen ist eine Meisterleistung.

  16. Lennaart van Oldenborgh's rating of the film Essential Killing

    Promising start but loses its way about half way through. Problem with the premise: once our Taliban fighter shakes of his American pursuers, where can the plot go? Only to a lame, pseudo-symbolic ending apparently. Nice camera work though.

  17. Askal B.'s rating of the film Essential Killing

    Schöne Aufnahmen - bin ja auch gern mal ein Freund von stillen Filmen, aber hier mutiert die Stille zur gähnenden Leere. Eher nicht so essential.

  18. sobczynski's rating of the film Essential Killing

  19. Beatrice Brembt's rating of the film Essential Killing

  20. Stefan Drees's rating of the film Essential Killing

    The movie has some extraordinary beautiful but also some cruel sequences. It depicts a struggle for life without asking for guilt, repentance or moral.

  21. msmichel's rating of the film Essential Killing

    The action art film genre gets a workout from Skolimowski in a film that couldn't be more different than his previous. Standard operating procedure meets first blood. And i mean that in a good way. Fascinating to watch this nearly wordless film that doesn't get tied down in idealogy or a political agenda. Gallo always an interesting actor especially in a visceral, punishing physical performance like this one.

  22. Olivia Reneé Saldívar's rating of the film Essential Killing

    I do not care for Gallo personally, but he has ballz. Artistically he is always at the cutting edge and if anything, I appreciate that. Who said this guy had to be Middle Eastern? I do recall US soldiers arresting an American fighting WITH the Taliban several years back.

  23. Regal Siegel's rating of the film Essential Killing

    The Fugitive meets Mr. Bean

  24. tibber's rating of the film Essential Killing

    A great "man in the wilderness" story, but I wonder if the casting of Vincent Gallo, as good as he was here, doesn't ultimately get in the way of the film's message.

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