Nic Cage fuckin kills it. This movie kept me guessing, kept thinking it was gonna turn into Mandy but actually it just hit my heart and made me teary-eyed. Great cinema, please see it in a theater if you can!
I had been feeling skeptical about this film since I have heard about it last year being that I am a huge fan of the novel and of it’s writer, Donald Ray Pollock. The novel is too long for every brilliant moment to get fully realized on the screen and frankly, I'm just so fond of the novel that I don't want to see someone else’s vision of what I had already made in my head.
Despite all those feelings…
I really enjoyed this, probably one of the better slashers I’ve seen. Despite a couple of not so amazing kills and a small lag in the middle the rest of the film is aces. The direction, cinematography, production design, color and sweeping soundtrack alone would give this 4 stars but Kate McNeils performance as the Final girl really blew me away. Her descent into madness at the end is fantastic, a breath of fresh air to most of the genre I’ve seen.