Just fucked. It's like being inside A Clockwork Orange only there's no machine holding your eyes open, only the cringe-inducing moments putting your heart in a metaphorical chokehold. This ambitious and revolting thriller succeeds with the gripping nature of the tone. By playing into this combative element, it draws the viewer into the experience. A shiver in cinematic form.
An earnest story of friendship on the frontier. The meticulous production design immerses you in this world of hardship and plain living. Its simplicity lulls you into letting your guard down as the film is best experienced allowing it to wash over you. A refreshing watch after a wave of dramatization.
Over the past couple years I've found myself gravitating towards shorter and shorter films, I've seen so many films accomplish so much in only 90 or 100 minutes that it's gotten harder for me to sit through a longer one. S Craig Zahler has been the antidote for me, his films are on the longer side, they're intentionally slow, yet I can't take my eyes of the screen, it's paced perfectly.
Zahler lets the camera sit, but he never lets…