You Were Never Really Here Movie Review

You Were Never Really Here Movie Review

May 4, 2018 Off By Scott Wojcinski

You Were Never Really Here (2018)

Director: Lynne Ramsay | Writers: Lynne Ramsay (screenplay), Based on a book by Jonathan Ames | Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Judith Roberts, Ekaterina Samsonov

You Were Never Really Here features a grizzled and brooding Joaquin Phoenix. He’s at his best here, playing a hired gun named Joe. He gets a job to extract a politician’s daughter from sex traffickers.

Throughout the movie, we get the sense this guy has been through some shit. We see flashbacks from his abusive childhood and his time in the military. We also see him often contemplating suicide. All the while, taking care of his aging mother.

The plot sounds like a run-of-the-mill rescue a girl, then bond with the girl type thriller. It has some of that but it is anything but run-of-the-mill. The plot moves slowly but it goes that way so we feel what Joe feels. The score is superb and we’re never left looking at our watches. There is brutality here, but most of it is implied off camera. Any time you see a ball-peen hammer, you’ll think of this movie.

3.9 N2M Guys out of 5