Not only is this one of the more remarkable films I've seen in some time, it is definitely the single most horrifying and disturbing cinematic portrayal of a sociopathic murderer that I've ever seen. These kind of predators really do exist in droves, but I've never seen one on screen that horrified me the way this one does.
What was most astonishing to me about this film -- what makes the film so important -- is that it's the kind of revenge film I feel like I've been waiting my whole life to see. This film treats the subject of revenge with great thoughtfulness. I can't think of another revenge film that better portrays the dangers, messiness, and overall mayhem that accompanies true revenge; in that respect, it is a very different film than any American revenge film ever made. It's also a film made with such artfulness in every respect, you can feel in every scene you're in the hands of a master filmmaker who is taking you exactly where he wants you to be taken. The director also made A BITTERSWEET LIFE and A TALE OF TWO SISTERS -- two films I admire but consider flawed in different ways. But this film has a kind of perfection to it, and the extremity of the violence is so effective, watching it makes you feel more sensitized to the horrors that victims of these kinds of killers are forced to endure.
If you watch it, be sure to get the blu-ray, as the imagery and transfer and outstanding. But again, watch it at your own risk.
Edited by Scott Derrickson, 20 May 2011 - 02:36 AM.