America in the Trump Age: the Mexican-funded wall separates the Deplorables from the Neo Nazi-Neoliberals and every day is Burning Man. It looks like the desert of the real, but it's really a jungle (Think Calais). Mors tua vita mea. Forget gluten free & veganism: it's all paleo. The leaders of the pack are Sandokan and Pablo Escobar. It's the end of the world, but family values still matter. Final score: Madder Max.
Although Amirpour clearly knows how to shoot, she thinks she's being transgressive and provoking people when she's mos def not. This film is ridiculous and pointless and Waterhouse's acting is embarrassing. If there wasn't the opportunity to stare at Momoa's marvelous tits, this would've been a totally waste of time.
Annapurna Pictures' stylish trailer suggested a sun-baked, synth-soaked tale of cannibalism and revenge in a near future America. The actual film bears some resemblance to that, but is more of a character-driven ensemble with stop-and-start pacing, in which a great deal of tension is generated but no catharsis found. Fortunately, the talented cast is given a chance to shine, particularly Suki Waterhouse in the lead.
This is a hauntingly beautiful and hypnotic film with a very dirty sexy kind of vibe. Suki Waterhouse is a revelation here and this ensemble cast of character actors are brilliant. Ana Lily Amirpour proves here that she is one of the most unique and original talents to come out of the cinema in the last ten years.
Amirpour may have lost half of her script somewhere, or got high while writing the second half, or got bored. the premise of a dystopian post apocalyptic desert where outcast and society rejects are purged away is very interesting and very in tone with our current world. but after the promising 45-50 minutes it is a trainwreck. this film is begging too much. look at me, I'm so quirky and weird. I'm a cult film. Not
I had higher expectations from Amirpour due to prior films, however in this one the plot kinda seems to fall flat. That being said, I did enjoy the element of facetious emphasis on spectacle, plus her really well done fucked-up-but-kinda-hot mise en scene surrounding her characters. I really wish the end wasn't so awkward, I was excited for this movie!~!