My Rating – 6/10
“Unfortunately dull and disappointing” is probably the best way to describe Cory Finely’s drama-thriller, especially after all the raving reviews it has been obtaining. Sure the film is different and that might be refreshing to those tired of blockbusters, but the poor pacing kept the movie’s concept from being great. At only a 90 minute runtime the movie still felt too long. Finely also broke the film into chapters, which were showed in the form of a title card transition. The chapter idea could have worked well in a film like this, but all the chapters were so similar there was really no reason to separate them.
The three main characters, while not given much, were portrayed very well. Anya Taylor-Joy continues to show that she is becoming a powerhouse in the thriller world. Olivia Cooke also played her part very well, although her character was written to be emotionless. The standout, however, was Anton Yelchin. In his very last role, he gives more evidence as to how great of an actor he’ll always be remembered as.
Stuff behind the camera was a bit hit and miss. The cinematography was very well done. It was very reminiscent to that of Stanley Kubrick films, as the rule of thirds played a big part in the framing. The editing was strong for the most part. There were many long takes throughout the film, some of them worked and others didn’t. However, the score was just bad. It was always either sparingly used percussive instruments, or as many percussion instruments jumbled together as possible and then given an adrenaline shot.
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