Every few years a smaller film comes along that everyone should watch. This year we saw the release of one of those films, You We're Never Really Here!
Joaquin Phoenix stars as Joe, a seriously messed up guy who lives with his mother. He suffers from flashbacks of his childhood to which he and his mother endured countless violent abuse at the hands of his father. He also has flashbacks of his time in the military which drives him to suicidal thoughts. Also he makes a living as a hired killer who rescues girls who have been sold into human trafficking.
He gets an assignment from a Senator to rescue his missing young daughter. Joe accepts the job and violents lays waste to the people in his way. He saves the girl, who's name is Nina by the way, but before he can take her home he learns her father has been murdered. Joe soon learns that this goes deeper and in fact it's part of a large scale government cover up.
Violent, unrelenting, and still with a lot of heart this film packs a punch. Joaquin is absolutely amazing as Joe. I personally think this is the best work he has done to date. This is one of the top performances I have seen in ten plus years.
Not a long film, in fact it could have been longer to cover more of Joe's past the film flys right by at a break neck pace. With scense of extreme violence and a haunting score the film has definitely earned it's comparisons to Taxi Driver. The conspiracy plot twist adds to the excitement in the third act, but in my opinion the film did not need it. The story was interesting enough to be straightforward. That's not a complaint however, just my observation.
Head out and pick this up now. This is truely the must see film of 2018.
Overall 4.5 out of 5 Stars