ABC Film Challenge – P – Horror – Piercing (2018) Movie Review

Director: Nicolas Pesce

Writer: Nicolas Pesce (Screenplay) Ryu Murakami (Novel)

Starring: Christopher Abbott, Mia Wasikowska, Laia Costa, Maria Dizzia, Olivia Bond, Wendell Pierce

Plot: A man kisses his wife and baby goodbye and seemingly heads away on business, with a plan to check into a hotel, call an escort service, and kill an unsuspecting prostitute.


Tagline – Practice Doesn’t Always Make Perfect

Runtime: 1 Hour 21 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Falls Short

Story: Piercing starts when Reed (Abbott) leaves his wife Mona (Costa) and baby daughter for work, checking into a hotel room, he is planning on killing a random prostitute, when she arrives, he has the whole technique planned out to work perfectly. The prostitute he receives is Jackie (Wasikowska) who goes through what they could do, which soon sees her stabbing herself, giving Reed his chance to complete his murder.

When the night takes another twist, Reed isn’t prepared for what Jackie has planned for him, something that will completely shock him.

Thoughts on Piercing

Characters – Reed is a businessman, husband and wife that has been hearing a voice telling him who to kill, his latest is a prostitute, he has planned everything, only to find himself struggling when things go wrong. Jackie is the prostitute that has been called for the night with Reed, she has her own vices, which ruin the plans for Reed, she self-harms, which sees her needing help through the night. Mona is the wife of Reed who has seen her husband go off to work, while she looks after their baby.

PerformancesChristopher Abbott and Mia Wasikowska are both solid enough through the film without needing to do that much more in the film, it relies on the weird over anything else.

StoryThe story here follows a man that hires a prostitute with plans to kill her, only for the night to take a dramatic twist. Now with this story, things do come off very strange, it seems like it is going one direction, only for it to go another and leave us feeling kind of empty with everything that happens, this is a story that wants to explode, only it just seems to fizzle out to nothing.

Horror/MysteryThe horror in this film is more about what could happen, rather than anything happening, with a mystery about who is talking to Reed, which never seems to get answered.

SettingsThe film uses the hotel rooms mostly for the settings, which show how the murder could happen, learning the environment, only for nothing else to come from this.

Special EffectsThe effects in the film are more about almost seeing violence, only it doesn’t seem to be a strong as it should be.


Scene of the Movie – The preparation.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – The final act.

Final Thoughts This is a horror mystery that starts so promisingly, only for it to end up not doing much once it gets going.

Overall: Fizzles Out.

Vertigo Releasing presents The Racer in cinemas and on streaming platforms from 18 December

THE RACE IS WON BY THE ONE WHO SUFFERS THE MOST

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In summer 1998, the opening stages of Le Tour de France are relocated to Ireland. At the start of what will likely be his last Tour, cyclist Dom Chabol (Louis Talpe) is dropped from the Team he has dedicated his life to. Team masseur and best friend Sonny (Iain Glen), who helped keep Dom at peak performance through illegal blood doping, fails to reassure him about his future. However a chance liaison with Lynn (Tara Lee), a young Irish doctor, softens the blow, and Dom starts to accept – and even enjoy – the idea of civilian life. But just as he gears up to head home, another teammate is knocked off the Tour and Dom is thrown back into the saddle. Now with the years of doping having taken a toll on his body, the racer may pay the ultimate price for a final shot at the glory that has eluded him his entire career…

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