The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017)

Director: Yorgos Lanthimos

Writer: Yorgos Lanthimos, Efthymis Filippou (Screenplay)

Starring: Nicole Kidman, Colin Farrell, Alicia Silverstone, Barry Keoghan, Raffey Cassidy, Bill Camp, Sunny Suljic

 

Plot: Steven, a charismatic surgeon, is forced to make an unthinkable sacrifice after his life starts to fall apart, when the behavior of a teenage boy he has taken under his wing turns sinister.


Runtime: 2 Hours 1 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Not Sure!

 

Story: The Killing of a Sacred Deer starts as wee meet surgeon Steven Murphy (Farrell) who has a friendship with Martin (Keoghan) whose father died on his operating table. Steven has his family, wife Anna (Kidman) and children Kim (Cassidy) and Bob (Suljic) with their own dreams at home.

As Martin starts to become overly attached to Steven, he starts to find a way to force himself into his life by befriending Kim, while Bob becomes sick with no explanation to what is causing his problems. It isn’t long before Kim gets sick too, this pushed Steven into trying to find out what Martin has done to make this happen, giving him the option to save his family.

 

Thoughts on The Killing of a Sacred Deer

 

Characters – Steven Murphy is a surgeon, he has years of experience and a family, but when the son of one of his patients starts getting to involved in his life, he must look into his past to save his family. Anna is the wife of Steven, she starts to go in his case to learn the truth in a way to hopefully save her children from whatever has been done to them. Martin is the son of a patient who died on Steven’s table, he starts by striking up a friendship only to show a sinister reason for the friendship which puts Steven’s family in danger.

PerformancesColin Farrell brings us another good performance, it does feel like he does just continue to use the same style of performance that he gave us from The Lobster. Nicole Kidman is good in this role using her beauty to get what she can from her character. Barry Keoghan continues to make an impact on the business this year after Dunkirk, he gives us a haunting performance as Martin.

StoryThe story follows a doctor whose life comes crashing down around him once the son of a former patient comes into his life. We see how the actions lead to Steven needing to make a difficult decision, one that would change his life, but we are mostly left to see just what is causing the actions to happen, the true motivations behind it and just what he wants.

Horror/MysteryWhen you look at the horror side of the film we get moments of disturbing behaviour, which is the mystery behind everything that just keeps us interested in to where the horror could go.

SettingsThe setting doesn’t do too much for the film, we don’t seem to be located in any locations which makes a true impact on the film.


Scene of the Movie –
The elevator.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The almost pointless dialogue.

Final ThoughtsThis movie is weird, this is the understate of the year I think, it has random dialogue style, moments that just seem random and most importantly keeps us wanting to know what the hell is going on.

 

Overall: Too strange for the casual viewer.

Rating

 

 

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ABC Film Challenge – What I Enjoyed in 2017 – Y

What I Enjoyed in 2017

Y

This month I won’t be doing reviews at all, just a small discussion to what I enjoyed last year, you will be able to find my reviews by following the link HERE

Movie

Your Name

Why I’ve Picked this choiceIn the world of anime we usually turn to Studio Ghibli for the most popular in the Western world, well this came from another studio and could easily be one of the greatest anime movies of all time, while it barely got a cinema release in the UK it would be an honest statement that his film blasts any Pixar or Dreamworks animation movies out the water. The story follows a boy and a girl who switch bodies and they have to learn to live with the different bodies and worlds they keep switching between until something changes leaving us to wonder just where things will be going next. This film will make you smile and cry with equal amounts of joy and sadness.

2017 Award Worst Actress

2017 Award

Worst Actress

January is here and that means award season and for the whole of January I will be looking at a range of best and worst subjects, this year I have decided to only pick films that are within the UK release dates of 2017 so if you do see a few films you would expect to have seen last year that is the reason behind my madness.

NOMINATIONS

Kate Beckinsale – Underworld: Blood Wars

Cressida Bonas – The Bye Bye Man

Astrid Berges-Frisby – King Arthur: The Legend of the Sword

Nina Dobrev – Flatliners

 

Winner

Kate Beckinsale – Underworld: Blood Wars

Reason This performance is the worst of the franchise and clearly feels like she needed a pay check. I feel she has been a dominate force in the leading kick ass leading lady but this just feels mailed in.