From the director of Ratcatcher and We Need To Talk About Kevin, You Were Never Really Here is the brutal and defiantly masterful new film by uncompromising British filmmaker Lynne Ramsay, and stars an ever-excellent Joaquin Phenoix as a damaged Gulf War veteran and former FBI agent turned assassin for hire, tasked with rescuing a U.S. senator’s daughter from an upscale brothel, as well as taking out the perpetrators responsible for her kidnapping.
Recalling many of the harrowing themes found in Scorsese’s Taxi Driver, and aided by Thomas Townend’s remarkable cinematography and Jonny Greenwood’s immersive electronic score, this inventive thriller is a devastating portrayal of a man wrestling with years of repression and abuse while engaged in a cycle of violence he cannot control.
“…an overwhelming experience, a slice of pure cinema from a director who refuses to dance to the beat of anyone’s drum but her own. From the disorienting opening to the enigmatic finale, Lynne Ramsay is always really here, her commanding vision shining through every frame”
Mark Kermode, The Guardian