Film Review – The Killing of a Sacred Deer

© 2017 EP SACRED DEER LIMITED / CHANNEL FOUR TELEVISION CORPORATION / NEW SPARTA FILMS LIMITED.

“Dr. Steven Murphy (Colin Farrell) is a renowned cardiovascular surgeon presiding over a spotless household with his ophthalmologist wife Anna (Nicole Kidman) and their two exemplary children, 12-year-old Bob (Sunny Suljic) and 14-year-old Kim (Raffey Cassidy). Lurking at the margins of his idyllic suburban existence is Martin (Barry Keoghan), a fatherless teen who Steven has covertly taken under his wing. As Martin begins insinuating himself into the family’s life in ever-more unsettling displays, the full scope of his intent becomes menacingly clear when he confronts Steven with a long-forgotten transgression that will shatter the Murphy family’s domestic bliss. 

Yorgos Lanthimos has crafted a sensational thriller brimming with unsettling humour and creeping dread, steeped in Greek tragedy, Hitchcockian psychodrama, and riveting suspense. Darting confidently between genres to subvert our expectations at every turn, The Killing of a Sacred Deer firmly cements Lanthimos in the pantheon of world-class auteurs and marks him as a cinematic provocateur without precedent.”

© 2017 EP SACRED DEER LIMITED / CHANNEL FOUR TELEVISION CORPORATION / NEW SPARTA FILMS LIMITED.

This is hands down one of the most out-there films of 2017, jostling with mother! for sheer discomfort levels.

I was captivated by not only Kidman and Farrell, but by the kids in the film including Keoghan who plays his character with such intensity that I half expected him to catch fire.

The less you know about the film the better, except to be prepared for something sinister and original.

Definitely not int he same family of films as Lion, which Kidman was brilliant in, but as I’ve heard it described perfectly “Saw for the arthouse crowd”.

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