“The Killing of a Sacred Deer” Review ✦✦✦✦✧

13 October, 2017

Director: Yorgos Lanthimos
Screenwriters: Yorgos Lanthimos, Efthymis Filippou
Director of Photography: Thimios Bakatakis
Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Barry Keoghan

Synopsis: A brilliant surgeon specialising in cardiovascular procedures faces an impossible decision after befriending a disturbed young man whose presence places a crippling curse on his family.

Killing of a Sacred Deer Review:

A stigmatic text fished straight from the bowels of Greek tragedy, “The Killing of a Sacred Deer” sees cinema at its most exceptional and profoundly terrifying, forging a stark examination of the family unit under the watchful eye of mischievous auteur Yorgos Lanthimos. Probing at his subjects like a surgeon performing open-heart surgery, Lanthimos begins in the torso and works his way down, tugging at vital organs with bare hands and inflicting abnormal loss of bodily function upon the unsuspecting, rewriting the Bible’s ‘Binding of Isaac’ as a cold and clinical account of middle class perversion.

Paralysed and bleeding from the eyes, Lanthimos’ characters lack intimacy and are trapped in monotonous conversation, displacing emotion and home comforts while emitting exaggeratedly detached traits through glazed expressions and insensitive chitchat. Capturing performative gold with Colin Farrell and newcomer Barry Keoghan at front and centre, “The Killing of a Sacred Deer” styles Keoghan as the next Dane DeHaan, bringing out his creepy side as natural twitches and a lopsided stance suggest a force to be reckoned with behind green eyes.

Foreseeably sterile as part of its director’s disturbing canon of movies, “The Killing of a Sacred Deer” weaves dread into its foundations, administering a drug directly into your veins by creating an atmosphere that’s bewitching in and of itself. Relying on very few climactic moments of horror to terrify its audience as an unsettling mood and morbid sense of humour peel back to reveal a tale of pillage and purging, the film allows its devils to spill out into the open, erecting a perturbing portrait that imprints itself onto your mind with religious ease; an image that few can glance at without wincing.


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