There’s no film this year more deserving of your attention than this Joaquin Phoenix comeback.
The eccentric, up-and-down actor won the Best Actor prize at last year’s Cannes Film Festival, and will be a force come the Oscars.
His understated, cold performance as a deeply troubled veteran who rescues kidnapped girls is reminiscent of De Niro in Taxi Driver, a feat in itself.
He delivers his most courageous, off-kilter turn, and best performance since his early supporting performance in Gladiator.
In this film that flashes with visual brilliance and artistic direction from Lynne Ramsay, Phoenix picks up a plot with scant details and brings every little piece to vivid life.
The art is in Ramsay’s ability to tell the viewer a lot while giving only what’s necessary is commendable.
As the conspiracy grows and the tension builds, so does the violence. This is a beautiful film, rife with memorable sequences, but it’s not for everyone.
It will be one of the greatest works of 2018, even if you never want a repeat viewing.