A powerful film, starting as family drama and turning more and more into a psychedelic horror trip. Wheatly knows his craft: every single element - jump cuts, surprising montage, colours, change of perspective, sounds, use of music etc. - contributes to the filmic totality and its increasing strangeness.
Sehr verstörend, aber von zwingender, destruktiver Logik. Wir wissen, dass das Böse seine Faszination ausüben kann, hier aber geht der Regisseur einen Schritt weiter. Er zeigt wie es sich in sich selbst auflöst. Die Anleihe an Ku Kux Klan Motive und jene schwarzer Magie wirkt allerdings allzu bemüht und schielt auf schlechten Publikumsgeschmack. Schade, denn die ersten beiden Drittel des Films sind brilliant.
3.4 stars. A film about some bad people who are sad and tired of being bad and some other bad people who aren't and one child. This is Wheatley's blokey art-house cinema at its most rigorously constructed, but for all its narrative trappings is probably best approached as a genre piece. I am thankful that Jump's (?) interest in medieval magic was given fuller expression in 'Field in England', which I preferred.
Nihilistic nonsense without the choreographic horror of say, Alan Clark's Elephant which has a similarly seemingly-random killing spree but with more of a credo behind it. This is just plain nasty & pointless made worse by mumbled and indistinct dialogue, although as the characters are so crudely drawn it's probably not a great loss. To add further salt, it sadly captures much of the anonymity of modern urban Britain