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Saturday, January 25, 2014

We Need To Talk About Kevin (2012) - Review

I was captivated by this film from minute one. The editing was extremely done, teasing questions to answers we were not given privy to. As more pieces of the puzzles were revealed, there were just so many unsettling, uncomfortable and warped moments that I could not focus on determining what it was all leading to. Typically, I see how a film is going to conclude fairly early on, but in this situation I was so involved that it blindsided me.

Tilda Swinton is one of my favorite actresses (if you have missed it, like so many have, see her in the terribly underrated "Julia.) For me great acting is often what you do between your lines rather than how you deliver them. Swinton's work here exemplified mastery of just that. She often sat in silence, but you knew what she was thinking or at the very least could feel the grief, confusion and pain just with a glance.

As a whole, the movie was messed up. I will never watch it again based solely on how effective it was. A very unique film that proves terror does not need to be blood and ogre, true terror, like good acting can be found not only in the actions, but ofte in a simple glance.

The more I think about it, the more it turns my stomach.

8 out of 10

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