[We Need to Talk About Lynne Ramsay] Léon meets Drive with Animé-like blood-thirst. In my world, and for my money, Joaquin Phoenix is the actor the film-world can't ever lose. The emperor of underrated actors. Sorry Day Lewis, you won't be missed. Hopefully someone will employ its eyes to see this performance and recognize this guy as one of the top 5 actors working now. Lynne's directing? Shiiiit, I'm with her FL ♥
Not, sadly, a riposte to 2010's I'M STILL HERE, but instead a fascinating collaboration between director, actor and composer. I still find Phoenix to be an almost excruciatingly self-conscious actor, and the story is nothing new, but her take on what is essentially a genre film is what makes Ramsay such a special filmmaker. I would love to see her tackle a musical or some sci-fi. Or hell, a comedy.
Ramsay slows down the chaos of We Need to Talk About Kevin while keeping its subjectivity for a story of trauma—like its hero, her camera keeps catching details that resonate. She excels at the art of murder, but whether the film transcends the idea of aestheticized violence to find a social/psychological context is a more open question, at least until the end, which has something to say about hero narratives.
Un cuándo menos llamativo trabajo de la directora Lynne Ramsay, el cuál pareciera la consecuencia de una noche de sexo casual entre TAXI DRIVER y EL PERFECTO ASESINO. A pesar del buen entendimiento entre la cineasta y su protagonista, el resultado peca de estilizado en exceso. Sin embargo, aunque no puede evitar el cliché de "historia de chico malo pero de buen corazón," se deja ver sin mayores remordimientos.
A masterpiece made by the great Lynne Ramsay. About a hitman who is hired by a senator to track down his missing daughter, Ramsay's film is a brutal & disturbing thriller that is aesthetically daring & dramatically profound. It's able to capture the zeitgeist perfectly & it is unafraid to depict modern America's mass corruption and exploitation that pervades our nation. [cont.]
Enigmatic and haunting portrait of a man in free fall where every genre trope is messed with and turned upside down. What could have been a "by-the-numbers" vigilante movie is by Ransey transformed into something like a fever dream where we don't really know what is real or part of a damaged psyche. Diffficult viewing but worth your time and effort.
Ramsay has crafted a deep psychological adaptation of the Ames novel in which the viewer even has to question their own experience and interpretation of the events unfolding due to the mental anguish of the lead character who is an unreliable narrator at best. Anchored by a magnificent performance by Phoenix and amazing editing (especially sound) and score (by Greenwood). The abrupt ending works in films favour.