Neurotic at it's finest!
Managed to give this movie a shot. The first two times I watched when half-asleep and couldn't keep my eyes open for the 20 min mark. Finally saw the movie today. It was a disturbing movie to watch, but not disturbing like the Hostel or Stranger Things. I mean relax, there are blood pills, it's just acting, we all know who Colin Farrel and Nicole Kidman is, and I've seen this duo act in "The Beguiled (remake)" last year, I've seen Colin Farrel again recently in "Roman Israel, esq", and again Nicole Kidman in "The Genius". It's at a point that as actors/actresses in a horror movie, I can't really take the performance that seriously as a real horror movie so the scare factor is diminished. It's mainly really just drama but they crafted in story in such a way that it felt very disturbing without it being a slasher of having gratuitous amount of violence or jump scares. It's also not very realistic (i.e. kidnapping the boy, and the police don't get involved with that, really?). I would compare this to an M. Night Shyamalan type of movie like "Split", where it's a very drama intensive story with children involved making it disturbing and also "Funny Games" (2007). Don't think I'll want to re-watch this again.
I rarely comment on films. But, the director it seems, literally asked the actors not to act. They deliver their lines in weird monotone voices with no feeling behind what they are saying. The actors are talented in other films. I could only watch half of it because it bothered me a lot.
It's odd to read comments about the awful story that viewers cannot tolerate or make make sense of when blood atonement and sacrifice of the innocent is one of the oldest and most familiar stories in the world, if not the most popular, and continues IRL to this day. Director/writer Yorgos Lanthimos's story is inspired by the myth of Iphigenia, but in a stark, off-putting modern setting, which is also reminiscent to a looming Greek temple. Give it one hour, at least, and enjoy young Barry Keoghan's performance. You may find the puzzle pieces falling into place.
Bresson's Actor-model might influence Lanthimos, but I thought of Roy Anderson.
I congratulate Colin Farrell and Nicole Kidman in acting in some diverse films, however this film wasn't really worth the effort for me. This revenge story, has been done much better in other films, than this one.
I found it difficult to reason the actions by the husband, and of how the events played out to make the results that this film went with.
This director also did the 2015 film, The Lobster, of which I disliked even more.
Even though I struggled with watching this film, I can appreciate the actors and their abilities to perform in this too weird of and disconnected film. I blame the writer and director for the "stiff" dialogue.
Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos in 2017 based on the ancient Greek play "Iphigenia at Aulis" by Euripides, this psychological horror story follows a cardiac surgeon who secretly befriends a teenage boy with a connection to his past.
The original Greek play revolves around Agamemnon, the leader of the Greek coalition before and during the Trojan War, and his decision to sacrifice his daughter, Iphigenia, to appease the goddess Artemis and allow his troops to set sail to preserve their honour in battle against Troy.
The film adaptation appears silly and unrealistic from today's perspective.
Even a great director could NOT create a good film from the ill-contrived script.
This is definitely a total flop.
Greek tragedy in the modern American suburbs. Strange, weird movie with excellent actors.
The marketing blurb on the DVD jacket inadequately describes this movie as "unsettling". Synonyms for "unsettle" are more helpful - "excite, disorder, agitate, confuse, upset, disturb, spook", and I'd add these words - "chilling, creepy, disquieting, menacing, violent."
All the characters are remote and detached. The consistency of the characters' coldness is irritating and unbelievable. The advertised ending ("stunning act of revenge") is also understated - try "grotesque fantasy". The DVD I took out had no Special Features option. Don't squander your valuable time by watching this depleting movie.
Try other Colin Farrell movies: In Bruges, London Boulevard, Roman J. Israel Esq.
Try other Nicole Kidman movies: Moulin Rouge, The Others, Lion
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