One of my all-time favourite films. Ellen Page and Patrick Wilson are incredible and the screenplay delivers on so many fronts concerning the themes of power and revenge. The finale is definitely one of the greatest sequences of the decade and the film as a whole just gets better and better with each viewing.
Apparently when screening, 25% of the people who saw this movie absolutely loved it, 50% of the people who saw it had no idea what to think of it, and the other 25% were extremely angry that the director even made the movie.
I'm in the first 25%.
I actually started rooting for the guy to win, and throw HER off the building instead. Choke on your hard candy, Ellen Page. Between this and Juno, I now make it a habit to avoid any film that you are in.
(spoiler alert!) Good performance by Ellen Page. And that's the only good thing about the movie. This seems to pick up a bad tradition of bad (horrible) movies with plots of a victimized woman that turns into a killer/vigilante, turning men from agressors into victims. What is so sad and predictable (maybe victorian) about theses plots is the idea of how it is spoiled feminine sexuality that turns to histeric rage.
This is a seriously twisted movie.
The castration scene left me speechless...
Ellen Page was just brilliant, she completely owned that role.
The cinematography of the movie was pretty good, with the scenarios, lights... and that powerful red! The director also found a nice way to make visible a certain feeling of insanity from the two characters and the whole situation that was taking place.
While watching this movie, I find my feelings will go from one character to the other as I observe things more and more. This psychological thriller movie balance the intensity with some light humor dialogue. I was expecting some wider plot but I guess wider plot would destroy the whole point of this movie.
Very nice camera work here and there, good direction, you can see Slade the music video director behind it. Page did a good bit of acting, exactly what the script called for in terms of characterization... However the film takes itself way too seriously and the Page character -a 14 year-old- is far too cunning and astute to be real. Her interactions feel fake and she comes off as more obnoxious than terrifying.