The Devil All the Time

The Devil All the Time ★★★½




“Some people are born just so they can be buried.”

It took me a little while to get on board with this, because it takes its time and is very patient with its set-up, slowly introducing pieces that all converge in the end. I wanted to like this more than I did, because it really does all come together in the end. I just felt like it’s missing something, like momentum or purpose. Tom Holland and Robert Pattinson are excellent, as is to be expected from the latter and was a pleasant surprise from the former. The narration functions in pretty much the same way as The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, giving key insight into character’s thoughts that no one will ever know about. It was more hit-or-miss here, but when it hit it was pretty effective. It’s a slow burn high on tension but devoid of much conflict. The main character could have used a bit more fleshing out. Overall, it’s a solid thriller with great music, great performances, and a genuinely unsettling atmosphere that sets the stage for a pretty fair exploration of violence and why we feel the need to justify our actions when God is always watching. Good stuff, just could’ve used more.


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