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Posted: May 28th, 2019, 11:32am Report to Moderator
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This is another one of those films to just pop up randomly on Netflix, directed by Richard Shepard (a director I'm not at all familiar with) and starring Allison Williams from Get Out and Logan Browning, who seems to barely have any movie credentials (though you wouldn't guess it from her performance here).

Now, though my expectations for the film were rather low, let me say first and foremost that the movie did exceed them and both my wife and myself enjoyed it. However...

This is a hard film to review, mostly because a big part of its pull lies in its unpredictability. It is also, unfortunately, a hard film to recommend, not necessarily because it's not good, but because it can be extremely perverse at times and definitely won't be everybody's cup of tea. It might make you mad. That said, I'd also advise you to not watch a trailer for it either... it's just that kind of movie. I can't even tell you what type of genre it really is (could be called horror, I suppose). I was going to try and summarize the film as I usually do, but chose not to after a bit of deliberation.

On all technical aspects that I could notice (not that I'm an expert on these things) the movie seemed pristine to me, with acute care for every shot and a hawk's eye for detail. The performances are also all excellent, by my estimation. That said, I can completely see how the film's bizarre and stomach-churning, controversial nature would've kept it away from theaters. I could also see how somebody could utterly despise the film and give it 0/10 as much as I can see somebody giving it a 10/10 (RT score currently seems to be in the mid-80s).

I suppose I will give it a very, very, VERY cautions "Recommend," and I apologize in advance.

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I really, really appreciated what this movie was trying to be, but it just eventually collapsed for me. Shoddy plotting and inconsistent style -- Shepard''s been directing TV for too long, maybe.

Actually, his last, Dom Hemingway, was kind of a watered-down riff on Bronson, and this one is kind of a watered-down riff on a well-known Korean thriller that I won't name as it might be a little spoiler-y to do so.

Still, it was unusual, pleasantly silly, and never boring. Definitely worth a look if you're feeling like something weird.


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This is definitely a "love it" or "hate it" kind of film.

It's also extremely trippy and WTFish.  It's shocking, in a number of ways.  It's ballsy.  And, most importantly, it's different.

My hat is off to all involved, as the film looks great, the performances are great, and it's the kin of film I appreciate.

Why didn't I love it, then?  Well, maybe it's a bit too over the top in terms of being believable.

My recommendation is to give it a watch and go in completely blind...and don't give up on it early on.  If nothing else, it's an interesting ride.

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