Unbelievably bad. Has the production values and special effects wizardry of eighties British tv sci-fi. The only actor in this film who isn't doing a bad accent is Skarsgaard and he's the 'mute' of the title. Everyone is terrible in it, but special mention for Robert Sheehan giving an early contender for worst performance of 2018.
I doubt this year will produce any film as quietly horrifying as this anti-thriller. An intense portrait of the emotional hellscape of a disintegrating marriage brought into sharp focus by the disappearance of a child. It's bleak, but there is a humanism at work. The central characters are awful, but you will feel for them all the same.
Reminiscent of Micheal Heneke in the way that director Andrey Zvyagintsev expertly and subtly uses genre stylistics only to very deliberately refuse to provide any pay off for the audience. Brilliant, but I was desperate to escape.
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Despite the fact that this film is very well made and acted, I can't think of a British horror film I detest more from the last few years (I haven't seen Zombie Women of Satan). My reason for loathing it is purely political, I don't think I can think of a film that demonises the working class so completely. Every single working class person in the film is a scumbag. This is a bullshit middle class nightmare, and it's no wonder the Daily Mail gave it a five star review.