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Matt Wood’s review published on Letterboxd:
This review may contain spoilers.
Each win comes with a loss, and he never moves forward. It’s clear at some point that he did, he had a nice house and business. But, by his own choices, he ended up on a treadmill leading to his biggest win and biggest loss.
The ending feels like an obvious conclusion in retrospect. He locked an angry thug in a box for two hours, that wasn’t going to be ignored. But, even though it might be an expected conclusion, it still feels like getting punched. “He finally did it! Against all odds!” And then we’re brought back to reality.
I didn’t find it to be an unpleasant experience like I’ve seen others say. It was tense, but not like horror movie tense. I always had this sense that Howard could get out of it. Also, he’s so unlikable, how did they make me root for him? That’s the most impressive thing.
Love the score.