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729032, You Were Never Really Here (Lynne Ramsey 2018)
Posted by BigReg, Sat Apr-21-18 09:40 PM
Didn't see a post on it and it's a shame. Walked into it thinking it was going to be your generic indie remorseful hired gun movie but boy was I wrong.

It's two movies playing out at the same time. One is your Equalizer revenge type flick...a bad dude doing bad things to bad people to save innocents. This movie would be rated a hard R with absolutely no sunlight creeping in, almost misanthropic in its life view.

The other is a tale of a PTSD'ed out dude dealing with the mundanity of life...his dementia afflicted mother, constant thoughts of suicide and past abuses, etc. Every shot is perfectly framed for maximum cinematography beauty and depression, lol. Think of your oscar bait movie but one that overtly prides itself in being 'realistic' :so while they avoid the Will Smith levels of cheese at times it feels a bit disconnected.

You split one of those movies off and your in C+ movie arthouse territory. But the choices in how they mashed these ideas together...I can see people having issues with the pacing (see the description of movie 2) but overall it's a stunner. Also the soundtrack is awesome (but what do you expect from Greenwood ). Ill give it a solid B+ as long as you go in knowing its more of an arthouse movie then a NYU film student Transporter. It reminded me alot of Ramsey's other flick, "We Need To Talk About Kevin" as far as the use of flashbacks and the consistent feeling of dread. Good flick