Finally, another movie by Nicholas Pesce. I’ve been keeping my eye on him ever since I saw The eyes of my mother. In fact, my review of that movie was the first thing I ever posted on my blog.
The movie, as I said before is directed by Nicholas Pesce and is based on a novel by the same name, written by Ryū Murakami. It stars Christopher Abbott, Mia Wasikowska, and Laia Costa.
At the start of the film, we see our main character, Reed, standing above his baby holding an ice pick. However, he does not seem like he wants to kill his child. After that, he convinces his wife that he is going on a business trip only to rent a hotel room where he wants to hire a prostitute in order to kill her. He practices the deed with great detail before the prostitute arrives, however instead of the one that he paid, arrives another one – Jackie. But, much to his surprise, Jackie ends up being even more psychotic than him. From there they engage in a twisted cat and mouse game and things take a sharp turn for the weird. (If you think the opening scene was weird, it is nothing compared to things to come)
Even though this movie was not as good as The eyes of my mother, it definitely did not disappoint. Much like it, the visuals in the movie were fantastic. Dare I say they were even better. The camera work was pretty interesting at times. There were well-filmed split screen scenes as well as scenes where the camera just keeps moving in one direction, but there were some scenes where the editing did bug me. In a movie like this, I would have preferred if the scene was just one shot instead of it being cut up. But of course, it’s not up to me so I can’t really fault them for that. It was still very pleasant to watch.
That being said, the movie itself is not pleasant at all. It’s very dark and disturbing, definitely not for your average moviegoer, It tackles some subjects that some people might not be comfortable with (Not that murder should be something that people are comfortable with, in the first place). It reminded me a bit of Von Trier’s The House That Jack Built. Just disturbing in its own different ways. It is based off a Japanese book after all and we all know that they can get very weird.
I really enjoyed both of the main characters, both of them having great backgrounds and development. They were the perfect cat and mouse. Just two disturbed individuals that somehow managed to find each other. They are both very strange individuals that you probably won’t find in real life and yet you really get invested into them. The actors definitely had a huge part in that, they did a great job.
It’s a very strange film, both in the stylistic aspect and the plot. It is an interesting film that never failed to lose my attention. Pesce managed to make the film really interesting, a very dark movie but you can see that they had a lot of fun with making this film. It was a great film, not completely horror, more like a dark comedy but still very, very brutal. It did make me want to pick up the book as well. I do have to say though do not watch the trailer. It’s best to go into this movie blind if you ended up being interested in it. As I said it is not for everyone but if you are a fan of the “art house” type of movies you have to watch it.
Final verdict: 8/10