You Were Never Really Here
Directed by Lynne Ramsay
HOME, 14 March 2018
Joaquin Phoenix plays a mercenary, a man who is not averse to extreme violence.
He is an army veteran, had apparently been abused as a child and still lives in the family home with his mother. Residual traumas come a-calling as he goes about his grisly trade. You are shown a man who is a powder-keg, possessing an explosive energy that is barely held in check.
The film is stylishly wrought and the violence is often, though not always, off-screen and shown after the act. I have not read Ames’s source novel but it struck me that this is the world of Vachss’s Burke: a fallen America.
All in all, a fine thriller and not the least of its virtues is a stirring, Tangerine Dream-ish soundtrack by Jonny Greenwood.