Essential Killing ★★★★

If you’ve spanned as much time as I have watching Vincent Gallo then you’ll know his acting style is frequently constructed of minimal dialogue and authentic anguish. In Polish auteur Jerzy Skolimowski’s latest film these talents are well suited as Gallo plays a man on the run who is taken to the physical limits in order to survive. It’s only a minor plot point that he plays a Taliban terrorist fighter, the real story is about instinct, isolation and one man’s struggle in uninhabitable surroundings.