Kunga Sagar’s review published on Letterboxd:
I read a review stating that this was an existential film, and I’d have to agree. It’s all about accepting the brutal reality of your situation. You’ll even find a way to make that reality work and still you’ll long for that old comfortable normalcy you once had but will never have again.
As a brown man, Riz Ahmed has been an inspiration of mine for a while. From his stunning work in the mini series The Night Of to his supporting performance that goes toe to toe with Jake Gyllenhaal in Nightcrawler, to the fact that we had a South Asian in a Star Wars movie! He’s been on the map for a minute and I’m glad he’s getting more lead roles.
I love all the scenes with him and Olivia Cooke, who desperately needed more screen time. She kept certain parts super engaging. As many have said, Paul Raci was awesome. He added humor and wisdom to such a depressing tunnel of a story.
It’s a little too long and gets repetitive a few times. The best sequence of the film is when he becomes friendly with the other members of the deaf community. It’s filmed so well and you really see him adjust to his new life. I know the whole point of the movie is his inability to move on from his old life, but I feel like that point got across much earlier. The terrific climax helps brings it back around though.
This is one of the most frustrating and in a weird way claustrophobic films I’ve seen in a while but it’s an absolute must watch. I don’t think it’s as good as people say it is. I honestly feel like people say this is a great film to fit into film buff circles. It’s a decent film with a GREAT leading performance.