Actually liked it a lot more the second time round - I still think the plot is it’s weakest element, but the fun stylised sets and fight sequences are more than enough to make it enjoyable.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
This felt like a movie that men would think is really empowering for women.
Being forced into fulfilling men’s every desire while being subjected to endless psychological and physical torture in order to just cling to your life is not empowering.
The way the movie kept insisting on stripping Dominika of her clothing and lingering on her body was too indulgent of a male fantasy and undercut any suggestion of her being in control of the situation.
I kept waiting…
nziff 2019 #2
As much as I like Alia Shawkat, I just don’t think the performances or writing were compelling enough to make me care about any of the characters. The moments of poetic loftiness and meaningful cut always to shots of urban animals didn’t feel earned, and especially towards the end it all began to seem a bit pointless.