Simply wonderful. A gentle portrait of a thoughtful master of his craft. Townsend is a great interviewer and I could listen to Charles Burnett read the phone book.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
For whatever reason, perhaps due to the title, the reputation, and the famous "failure to communicate" quote, I was expecting a fun, lighthearted film. I wasn't expecting what I got, which was a rather grim exploration into torture, prisons, abuse of power dynamics, and the complete dismantling of a man's spirit, masculinity, and humanity.
This was honestly a pleasant surprise to me, as I felt that the dissolution of Luke's character from cocky, nonconformist cool kid to simpering, broken husk…
After thinking about this for a few days, two things continue to baffle me:
1. That this doesn't have a "Rocky Horror" level cult following, and
2. That this didn't launch Ross O'Donovan, the clear star and irresistible personality here, into stardom. It seems almost tragic that he didn't do anything else.