The Sadness

The Sadness ★★★★

Day 26 of Halloween 2022

Fucking brutal. It's easy to revel in the absolute sickos-at-the-window of it all, and the movie knows it, but the way it tries to moralize about the afternoon's maximalist ultraviolence got a few eye rolls out of me if I'm being honest. Smashing the rapist's head in doesn't feel good because you're just like him, it feels good because fuck him. I'm not quite ready to meet the film on its social cynicism, and it constantly undermines itself by trying to force a half-baked message, but I can't deny that it's a bloody, gruesome, terrifyingly bad (complimentary) time.

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