Shock for shock's sake or a purposeful analysis of dysfunctional masculinity? It's hard to tell whether Winterbottom revels in the sadism of a corrupt cop protagonist or whether this acts as a cautionary tale. That may be the point - to discomfort the spectator in not knowing the intentions of the director. Whilst most films pull away from the voyeurism of domestic violence, this film keeps the camera on the crime.
I can understand some of the dismay and revulsion levelled at this film, but I thought it was truly excellent. The violence is brutal and nasty... like, um, *real* violence - hard to watch and all the better for it. The whole cast are brilliant (Affleck is perfect as the bland and increasingly delusional sociopath Lou Ford), the cinematography and art direction flawless. Smart, bleak, challenging cinema.
Superb cinematography, great acting from the always excellent casey affeck in this unflinching depiction of a sociopath. There are two episodes of serious violence that some will object to. yet, frankly if this was tarrantino or guy ritchie movie and the violence (gratuitous) was set against some music the objectors would have no problem with it. put the violence to one side, its necessary..
One day I will watch a film with Casey Affleck in that is rubbish. But it is not this day. Here he plays a delightful sociopath who acts his life out through logic and cunning - even if his heart says otherwise. It's like a Coen brother film but without any irony or black comedy. There is some fantastic sweaty sex, heartfelt tenderness & problematic vicious violence against women - usually in the same scene.
A story of deputy sherif of a small American town. It is difficult to make sense of the film not because the lead actor speak throughout with a constipated voice but also it is not clear whether this character is driven by sex, money, or power. The director tried to put a little bit everything thus a soupe without a character is produced.
(southern white trash) American psycho....Winterbottom makes films that either want to bore the audience to death (Mighty heart) or shock/disgust them (9 songs). This goes down right the middle. Misogynist, cliched, lacking mood, every criticism you heard about it is right. The performances are great, but you can't build a movie on just that
Having read the novel and having my own ideas about the story to begin with, I had mixed feelings about this fairly decent adaptation. Casey Affleck wasn't as bad as I had feared and actually did give life to the essence of Lou Ford (personally I envisioned him as a more Mitchum-esque type, but what can you do?) and it is nice to see Simon Baker and Bill Pullman. The ending with the digital fire and the song...eh...