You Were Never Really Here

2017

Drama / Mystery / Thriller

75
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 88%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 77%
IMDb Rating 6.9 10 46018

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Alessandro Nivola as Governor Williams
John Doman as John McCleary
Judith Roberts as Joe's Mother
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Reviewed by eduardofaubert 1 / 10

Joaquin...don't ever do this again!

Joaquin Phoenix...please don't participate in such a horrible movie any more! The overdramatic, lethargic, morose and Stephen King like environment of this movie would be good only if it had a sentient plot. You have wasted my time and I am so frustrated as I expected so much more from you. Yes, you act the part of a loony quite well...but damn it...GIVE ME A STORY I CAN FOLLOW!!! Yes, artsy...Yes, dark...Yes, gloomy...but SO WHAT!!! The Shinning was all that...but it kept me glued. This movie had me in rage at the end because it was such a STUPID movie. I hope the guys who are directing your next Joker movie have their heads screwed on right because if you do this again...the only movie I will ever see with you in it is The Gladiator. You were brilliant there. Take that hammer you used in the movie and smash every DVD of You Were Never Really Here. I stayed with the movie thru the end hoping for good development...but when it got to the end and your character dreamed he shot himself in the head...I almost wanted to ask to borrow the gun. But no...I'll live another day. I will check out your next film and hope you redeem yourself.

Reviewed by bob-the-movie-man 9 / 10

Joachim Phoenix delivers a standout performance in a violent tale of crusading.

Joachim Phoenix ("Her") is a very intense actor, and fits perfectly here into the role f Joe. For he is a hired thug, available to do over anyone you think deserves dispatching or giving a good telling off. His weapon of choice for this task is a ball-point hammer, bought each time from a local hardware shop. He is a ghost, who drifts in and out of his jobs, face concealed by a hoodie and emanating an air of menace that automatically deflects enquiring eyes.

When hired by a Senator (Alex Manette) to rescue his wayward daughter Nina (Ekaterina Samsonov) from the clutches of a paedophile gang, Joe delivers on the job with gusto, and - you sense - a degree of satisfaction. But then things go from bad to violent worse and Joe is drawn into a deadly high stakes game. As things get more and more personal, Joe embarks on a personal crusade for justice and retribution.

The real joy of this film is that Joe is such a nuanced character. Yes, he's a brutal thug, but is still living with and loving his aged and demented mother (Judith Roberts), even though she drives him to distraction. He's also clearly damaged himself, with a high degree of OCD behavior exhibited. Via clever flashbacks, we get hints to the route that led the boy to become this damaged man. As a sociopath, when things go wrong he could just say "F*** it" and walk away. But he doesn't. Is this altruism? A sense of professional pride? Or is it the sight of a path to redemption? Although you could strongly argue that revence kicks in to reinforce his decision, Lynne Ramsay's screenplay leaves things deliciously vague. Ramsey also directs expertly: she previously did 2011's "We Need To Talk About Kevin".

"I don't like gory films" you might say "so this doesn't sound like one for me". Me neither, but actually, the trailer makes the film seem worse than it is. The violence is more alluded to than shown. Most of the "hammer action" is done either in long shot or seen on CCTV cameras, and you don't get to see much of the outcome. There is only one really gory bit that I remember (shut your eyes where Phoenix answers the knock at the hotel door if you are squeamish!).

This doesn't mean that it's a comfortable watch though. It's an insanely tense film since you're not sure the direction it will go in next (think "Get Out"), and it has more than its fair share of "WTF" moments, especially in a dramatic closing scene. There are some memorable cinematic moments as well: a young girl in a nightie in the paedophile den blankly observing Joe's handiwork being one that stays with you.

It's a standout film, winning Best Actor (for Phoenix) and best screenplay (for Ramsey) at Cannes. It will be in a strong position to make my films of the year list. Highly recommended.

Reviewed by Jared_Andrews 5 / 10

Brutal and Reality-Blurring

Joaquin Phoenix stars in, You Were Never Really Here, a movie that beckons memories of Taxi Driver. It's an apt comparison since the two movies are deep character examinations, and Phoenix's character in this film, Joe, certainly shares similarities with Travis Bickle, Robert De Niro's famous taxi driver.

The two men both have traumatic pasts that inflicted irreparable damage on their mental health, and both men currently live unsatisfying lives. The main difference is that Travis Bickle attempted to make an honest living driving a taxi for a time before he, well, you can watch the movie and find out what he did. But, Joe's way of making a living is unlawful from the beginning of the film. However, he did initially attempt a lawful career years before the film's opening scene. I'll get there.

Joe is a hired gun whose job is to hunt down missing girls, bring them back, and punish those that captured them. It's work not for the feint of heart. When asked if his methods are rough, Joe replies, "I can be." He's being modest.

Joe brutally disarms, injures, and kills anyone standing in the way of his missions. His preferred weapon: a ball peen hammer.

Despite all the killing, he's not a bad guy. He cares for his elderly and often confused mother. The work he does, while often gruesome and heavy on killing, is for what most would agree is a good cause. Few could retrieve the girls the way Joe does and even fewer would be willing to do so.

Joe takes no joy in any of his work. He takes no joy in any of his life. He continues forward out of some sense of duty. He fantasizes often about suicide and attempts on occasion, only stopping when he remembers his mother or the girls in need of help.

He often experiences vivid flashbacks and fantasies that blur the lines between what's real and not. The audience doesn't always know, and Joe doesn't always seem so sure either.

He's constantly haunted by memories of his past as a child, a soldier, and an FBI agent. Each phase of his life left him scarred physically and emotionally. Phoenix is one of the most enigmatic, fascinating, and excellent actors of the past 20 years. It's hard to imagine other actors pulling off a performance like this one. He deserves commendation for his work, as does director Lynne Ramsay.

Fair warning: the movie is occasionally brutally violent and is often very confusing. It's not for everyone.

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