A tormented but brutal hired gun sets out to rescue a young girl from a sex ring, only to find himself weathering a storm of violent vengeance when matters go awry.
Self Indulgent Drivel
As amzing as Phoenix is this film tries too hard to achieve some kind of artsy film noir Old Boyesk cinematic experience and fails to deliver. You can tell how pretentious this film is by the film critic wannabe reviews full of self importance. This filmgoers nowhere really really slowly.
Experiment in Heroics
Compelling piece of cinema this. Arthouse nod to Taxi Driver perhaps but more open and less defined. Even the redemption is loose. Writer directed by Lynne Ramsay and I have loved all her films. The alienation of the character Jo is brilliantly portrayed and the merging of dream and reality is a trip. Non mainstream movie making here. Lynchian even.
Glad I rented
Please rent another you'll thank yourself!
Don’t waste your money
What can one say? A work of genius.
Pretty much perfect.
By Sulky Pup
A masterclass from Ramsay & Phoenix - both at the height of their powers here. Not a moment or shot is wasted. I was curled up in a tiny ball by just a few minutes right up until the end. Superb Jonny Greenwood score too.
What’s going on?
What’s going on with this film? It was supposed to be available on iTunes 3 days ago and keeps being postponed!!!
By Jak Luke Sharp
Joaquin Phoenix puts forth a truly undeniable esoteric masterclass in the form of a performance that is the epitome and personification of transcendence. It feels disrespectful and downright offensive to be classified simply as art. It’s far more spectacular, vibrant and progressive than simple avant-garde ventures into fine art i.e. Goslings’ decent albeit subdued turn in Drive or Only God Forgives. The extraordinary and poignant progression of mental instability and the colossal fire that ruptures inside haven’t been caught with this much intensity and raw power quite like this before. The relentless violence Ramsay and Phoenix put forward is not used in such a harsh topic without a justified and moral compass, it’s quite the opposite. This venture is an expedition and forcefully witnessed by its audience (quite purposefully I may add) of those who fight a deliberating internal battle within themselves. The rush of panic, blood, and depression has never felt so real, so frighteningly tectonic. If you thought Manchester by the Sea was a slow burnig venture into the perilous stagnant beyond, You Were Never Really Here is a blackhole of moral ambiguity and raging destructive aggression, melded in a tender state of flesh and blood.