If the adopted child of Taxi Driver had post traumatic stress disorder and took some bad acid, it would be You Were Never Really Here.
This bombastic, keiju-influenced block of stupid was the perfect movie for opening night at the drive-in. The principal actors are pretty good, some of the humor works well and three monsters destroying Chicago while being chased around by The Rock definitely has its charms. The villians are absolute cartoons, the humor that doesn't work falls to earth with a mighty thud, and the last five minutes was absolute monkey shit. So it's a mixed bag that I might have hated at the multiplex, but it's well suited for the drive-in screen.
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…
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…