Mike Corcoran’s review published on Letterboxd:
“That’s my job, that’s what I do. I like to say: if you’re seeing me, you’re having the worst day of your life.”
I was hoping this would be another 5 star. Sadly, it was not. But, it was still very good.
Firstly, Jake Gyllenhaal’s performance was absolutely chilling. Emotionless, remorseless, unfeeling, morally dead, and absolutely terrifying. He is an absolutely incredible actor. Truly fantastic. Seeing him here versus the different characters he’s played in movies I’ve seen, the dude knows what he’s doing.
Additionally, the way Gyllenhaal and Riz Ahmed play off of each other as a partnership is really good too. I first saw it in The Sisters Brothers and thought it was quite good there, so it’s cool to see them return as a duo again here. Really natural and nice to watch.
The score was also really good. Atmospheric, intense when it needed to be, set the mood for the film perfectly. Loved it.
The film does have negatives however. Firstly, it’s not particularly eye catching. Like it doesn’t look good or appealing at all really (at least for me). Very brown and muddy. Additionally, and I think this is the big one— nothing happens. The protagonist, who is purposefully unlikable, suffers no repercussions for his actions. He has run-ins with the police, yes, but he gets off Scott free. And I don’t know, something about that just makes for a slightly ineffective film— at least in this case. Now I understand that the fact that he’s a free man at the end may be the point, but I just didn’t like it. Yes, one of the main characters died, but the main character suffered nothing. No loss, no moral change, no anything.
I don’t know, reading that back I sound so unbelievably snobby. I’m sure that when I think about it I’ll change my rating, so keep an eye out for an update here.
Either way though, don’t let the negatives i listed take away from this. It’s a really good movie. Definitely watch it.