You Were Never Really Here (2017)
A traumatised 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.
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Wow this is one of the worst movies I've ever seen. It's mostly his day to day life - I mean like moment to moment stuff - looking in the refrigerator, riding a cab, talking to his mom, walking around, buying a drink, hanging out in the closet. This is one of the worst movies I've ever seen. And the music is just plain awful and weird. Don't waste your time!
Boring to the 10th degree. Mr. Phoenix needs an intervention. He made this movie when he was 41 yet he looks like a fat grandfather. His non-stop mumbling didn't help either, subtitles should have been used when he talked. A mercenary who uses a hammer? WTF? The Lolita-esqe relationship he had with the girl was quite repulsive as well. This movie was appallingly bad and even with its short running time, it seemed to drone on. This joker is playing the Joker? As Nell Carter once said, "Gimme a break."
What just happened? I kept thinking this movie was going to turn a corner, but it kept going....and going....and going....right off a cliff. It's was a wannabe John Wick meets Mrs Butterworth...yeah, it's takes its own sweet time and then it finally hits that you just got suckered out of 90 minutes of your life.
STAR RATING: ***** Saturday Night **** Friday Night *** Friday Morning ** Sunday Night * Monday MorningJoe (Joaquin Phoenix) is a former war veteran, tormented by nightmarish visions of a past he's struggling to come to terms with. Lacking any real direction in his life, he's offered a shot at redemption when the ambitious Senator Albert Votto (Alex Manette) hires him to track down his missing daughter who's been dragged into the sex trade. However, despite accomplishing his mission, he finds himself plunged into a deadly game of revenge that plunges his already fragile mind over the edge.In a Hollywood landscape still recovering from the recession, we still find ourselves bombarded with 'franchise' movies dominating the multiplexes, either long dormant or presently in the cultural consciousness, a safe bet of making a box office return that justifies the budget. We still find more abstract, independent works being shuffled to the side lines, as seems to be the case with this effort from writer/director Lynne Ramsay, a dark, moody effort with little in the way of humour, and a central plot with plenty of potential that sadly never really engages you the way it should.In the lead role and truthfully as the only character of any real substance, Phoenix fits the role perfectly, gruff and stone faced, and looking like he's put on a few pounds and could do with hitting the gym, and indeed it's a dark, brutal thriller he inhabits, as is the case these days, brutal and pulling no punches, with some graphic, unflinching violence typical of modern cinema. It's trying to stand out as a film by being deeper and more pseudo-intellectual than your average thriller, and in doing so drowns itself in an arthouse vibe that ends up leaving you further absconded.It's too well made and intriguing to be a waste of time, but Ramsay leaves it all too ambiguous and uninvolving to really do it justice. ***