Quirky, independent dramadies general make me cringe. This understated little film pained me less than most, perhaps due to the dark tone, the long takes, and a tremendous performance by the lead actor/director/writer. It's a fine effort, but sadly, it's still not my thing.
I'm a little conflicted on this one.
This somewhat unique coming of age tale obliquely examines the horrors of bullying. There are persistent vague gestures towards potential supernatural activity that become increasingly frustrating as the film begins to collapse under the weight of its ponderous, allegorical symbolism. A pair of revelations towards the end (one fairly foreseeable, the other a less predictable kick to the teeth) redeems some of the films horrible pacing and interminable self-importance. Then it blows it…
Light on CGI, lacking any product placement or unnecessary exposition, there is not a gram of fat on this rampaging beast. The trailers and astronomical Rotten Tomatoes score had me going in with insanely unrealistic expectations; I was literally expecting a classic. It delivered. It makes THE ROAD WARRIOR look downright sedate, without the incoherent editing or disorientation that all too often accompanies movies like this (that is, those that strive to be non-stop action spectacles). Astonishingly, almost all of…