The first third of the film in which we see a group of young extremists pull off a series of terror attacks across Paris is fascinating in the intrinsic way its presented. Unfortunately once the protagonists all arrive at their planned hideout the film really has nowhere to go before its eventual bloodletting. A rare miss from Bonello.
I have some qualms about how the effects of the second half seem to be premeditated, but this is still a pretty expansive, brilliant film. The first half is pure digital-age Bresson, with an eerie matter-of-factness that contemporary cinema is not used to, and the second is a consumerist-metaphysical journey, a falling into the abyss of youth culture, with various hints at Buñuel. Uncompromising.
Really deserves another shot in my book because Bonello's approach is exactly my cup of tea, and his images are startlingly precise, icy, seductive, provocative. As an imagery-machine, it works. I guess I would have appreciated more clarity in the acting. Being opaque is fine, but he goes all the way to being cruel.
2 star film, but you could give it a extra star for some of the camera work thats in here. The film started out really great, than proceeded to divulge into boredom, unease and directionlessness, it's like it has yet to figure out what movie it wants to be. I'm pretty disappointed, due to the fact how truly impressed i was by Bonello's House of Tolerance (Which is one of the best 20 or so films of the last 10 years).
Narrazione appassionante, pur minata da una lunghezza eccessiva. Bello l'isolamento nel centro commerciale.Ottima la scelta di far restare fumose le motivazioni del loro gesto. La parte finale è ottima e mostra uno stato che punisce senza pietà. La regia è buona, anche se fa alcune scelte un po' forzate. Buon uso delle ambientazioni.Buon utilizzo degli split screen. Buoni i personaggi, anche se non molto approfonditi