UK release date: 15/1/16
Runtime: 117 minutes
Directed by: Lenny Abrahamson
Starring: Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay, Joan Allen, Sean Bridgers, William H. Macy
Based on the novel of the same name by Emma Donoghue, this film is more terrifying than the scariest horror film. For the first forty five minutes my heart tried to break my ribs.
For anyone feeling uneasy about the subject matter, don’t. You never see anything. In fact, it’s never directly mentioned. It’s done tastefully and masterfully.
It opens and immediately you know something is wrong. You have this creeping sense of unease. It’s a harrowing film which, while I’ll never watch it again because this isn’t a film you can ‘enjoy’ over and over, I still think is important to watch, to experience.
It’s the kind of that will have you leaving the cinema lost in thought and with a wider view of the world. It’s the kind of film you’ll have intense discussion over with other people who’ve watched. It’s a film you’ll remember for a long time.
The film feels short and I was surprised to discover that it’s two hours long. I would have liked a deeper view of their experiences and the affects it had on them, particularly Joy.
And the reason I was enthralled is because of the two main actors, Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay.
I have no experience with the subject matter of the film. I couldn’t even being to understand the thought process or emotional affects on Joy (Brie Larson) and Jack (Jacob Tremblay), but I 100 % believed in their performances.
And while both were phenomenal, it was Jacob Tremblay who blew me away. He was eight when he made this . Eight. Which only makes his performance even MORE impressive.
He’s better than a majority of well known actors. He full deserved the Critics’ Choice Movie Award for Best Young Performer.
To sum up, Thought provoking, Amazing actors, Heart pounding
Was it worth the watch? Yes
Would I re-watch? No
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