New Order

New Order ★★★★

Do I lose all credibility on Letterboxd if I admit that I enjoyed this... a lot. Well, 'enjoyed' might not be the right word. The brutality and depravity that plays out on screen was almost too much to bear at points, and each new scene somehow finds new ways to shock and appall you – right down to the haunting final images.

It's definitely not a pleasant experience, and I can see why it's rubbed so many people the wrong way (especially in Mexico). The racial politics are extremely questionable and the thematic statements are undercooked, but I'm not going to pretend I wasn't riveted the entire time – or that I didn't sit in stunned silence for five minutes as the credits rolled. A deeply flawed masterpiece.