You Were Never Really Here (2017)

Director: Lynne Ramsay

Writer: Lynne Ramsay (Screenplay) Jonathan Ames (Book)

Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Judith Roberts, Ekaterina Samsonov, Alessandro Nivola, Alex Manette


Plot: A traumatized veteran, unafraid of violence, tracks down missing girls for a living. When a job spins out of control, Joe’s nightmares overtake him as a conspiracy is uncovered leading to what may be his death trip or his awakening.


Runtime: 1 Hour 29 Minutes


There may be spoilers the rest of the review


Verdict: Divisive to Say the Lease


Story: You Were Never Really Here starts as we meet Joe (Phoenix) a war veteran that has his own nightmares that uses getting bag over head trick to show him what life is worth being a part off, he lives with his insecure mother (Roberts) and works as a fixer, tracking down missing girls for a living.

Joe’s latest job is to help Senator Albert Votto (Manette) find his daughter Nina (Samsonov) who has a habit of running away. When this latest mission gets out of hand, Joe must seek revenge on the people responsible in the bloody way possible.


Thoughts on You Were Never Really Here


Characters – Joe is the veteran that is suffering from his own nightmares, traumatised from his time at war, his outlets include a mix of legal highs and searching for missing girls. He is excellent at getting the job done and can get his hands dirty where needed, he has a close relationship with his mother where he tries his best to care for her, but his latest job will show us just how deadly he can be. Joe’s Mother is the one person Joe opens up to, she is the only one that can keep him grounded through his troubles. Nina is the teenager that went missing, the one he promises to help, we don’t see too much from her other than he is part of his motivation.  

PerformancesThere is no question that Joaquin Phoenix is brilliant in the leading role, we know his struggles he is showing us and watch eagerly to see what he does next. As for the rest of the performers, they are good as they are not trying to take the spotlight away from him.

StoryThe story follows a struggle war veteran with the ability to track down missing people getting involved in a bigger picture that he just wasn’t prepared for. As things get out of hand he continues to question his own sanity as he looks to do the right thing for the latest victim. Well I think that is what I read from the movie, I am not going to lie when I say I feel I may have missed what makes this such the iconic special movie people have been talking about. It just seems to go into the you will need to understand every scene to make the answer to what happened as most of the interesting scenes do seem to miss the point.

MysteryThe mystery parts of this film come from just not knowing just where things will be going, just like Joe who is waiting to see what he has gotten himself into.

SettingsThe film shows us just where Joe can stay away from the public eye but can be in the middle of the scene searching for the answers.

Scene of the Movie –

That Moment That Annoyed Me This movie has been overhyped for me.

Final ThoughtsThis is disappointing for me, because all I have heard is how great this movie is, but by the end of the film it does end up falling very short for me.


Overall: Disappointing.




We Need To Talk About Kevin (2011)

logoDirector: Lynne Ramsay

Writer: Lynne Ramsay, Rory Kinnear (Screenplay) Lionel Shriver (Novel)

Starring: Tilda Swinton, John C. Reilly, Ezra Miller, Jasper Newell, Ashley Gerasimovich, Siobhan Fallon, Alex Manette


Plot: Kevin’s (Miller) mother Eva (Swinton) struggles to love her strange child, despite the increasingly vicious things he says and does as he grows up. But Kevin is just getting started and his final act will be beyond anything anyone imagined.


Verdict: Cause, Affect to Actions


Story: Many films will focus on the build up to a shocking moment or the aftermath and usually on the person or people involved. We follow the mother of someone who has done something terrible and watch her suspect something is wrong as well as dealing with the aftermath of those action. The story is brave as we have to see how she is dealing with everything but not in a horror show like other films have done. (9/10)


Actor Reviews


Tilda Swinton: Eva the mother of Kevin who is dealing with all the problems before and after the incident. Tilda is fantastic in the role as the woman struggling with everything. (10/10)


John C Reilly: Franklin the husband to Eva and father to Kevin who tries to see the best in him as Kevin seems to have more of a dislike to his mother, Franklin encourages Kevin to develop. Good performance for John who shows he can fit in any film role. (9/10)


Ezra Miller: Kevin the estranged teenager who has a darker side and we follow what he does and how it affects him after. Good performance from the young man who shows a dark side throughout. (9/10)


Director Review: Lynne Ramsay – Creates a wonderful film that really keeps your attention without giving away too much. (9/10)


Drama: Brilliant drama to build up. (10/10)

Thriller: Keeps you guessing on what Kevin did or will do next. (9/10)

Settings: Dark settings add to everything going on. (8/10)

Suggestion: This is something that should really be watched by all. (Watch)


Best Part: The final reveal.

Believability: With what happens this could be very real to what happens sometimes. (8/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No


Awards: Nominated for 1 Golden Globe

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $6,038,942

Budget: $7 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 52 Minutes


Overall: Brilliant

Rating 90