The Killing of A Sacred Deer

The Killing of A Sacred Deer

DVD - 2018
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Steven, a charismatic surgeon, is forced to make an unthinkable sacrifice after his life starts to fall apart, when the behavior of a teenage boy he has taken under his wing turns sinister.
Publisher: Santa Monica, California :, Lionsgate,, [2018]
Copyright Date: ©2018
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (121 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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Punnoval
Oct 12, 2018

Yorgos Lanthimos does it again! Another great movie for yuppy pseuds - all style but no substance.
So, he takes a Greek myth and applies it to his usual schtick about robotic humanoids in order to create the tiniest bit of coherence. Does anyone really care?
I can't see why his uses "name" actors (Farrell, Kidman) and has them recite inanities like a robot, other than defining a style. Why not use non-actors like Roy Andersson? It would certainly be a lot cheaper. As an aside, Colin Farrell is a putrid actor, so why use him at all - unless he is trying to one-up Martin McDonagh?
There was a (very) slight chance for redemption in the scene where Kidman gives a hand-job to one of her husband's colleagues - the Warhol treatment (see Warhol's "Bad" for details.)

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noisexorcist
Oct 02, 2018

This film is brilliant and beautiful. Those not familiar with director Yorgos Lanthimos might be put off at first by the strange deadpan delivery by the actors, but it is part of his bizarre style and adds to the subtle beauty of the film. Original, dark, and layered with meaning this film is one of the best I've seen in a long time.

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dm3agv
Sep 18, 2018

Neurotic at it's finest!

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GiovanniS
Sep 08, 2018

Managed to give this movie a shot. The first two times I watched when half-asleep and couldn't keep my eyes open for the 20 min mark. Finally saw the movie today. It was a disturbing movie to watch, but not disturbing like the Hostel or Stranger Things. I mean relax, there are blood pills, it's just acting, we all know who Colin Farrel and Nicole Kidman is, and I've seen this duo act in "The Beguiled (remake)" last year, I've seen Colin Farrel again recently in "Roman Israel, esq", and again Nicole Kidman in "The Genius". It's at a point that as actors/actresses in a horror movie, I can't really take the performance that seriously as a real horror movie so the scare factor is diminished. It's mainly really just drama but they crafted in story in such a way that it felt very disturbing without it being a slasher of having gratuitous amount of violence or jump scares. It's also not very realistic (i.e. kidnapping the boy, and the police don't get involved with that, really?). I would compare this to an M. Night Shyamalan type of movie like "Split", where it's a very drama intensive story with children involved making it disturbing and also "Funny Games" (2007). Don't think I'll want to re-watch this again.

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SUSANNA_D
Aug 30, 2018

I rarely comment on films. But, the director it seems, literally asked the actors not to act. They deliver their lines in weird monotone voices with no feeling behind what they are saying. The actors are talented in other films. I could only watch half of it because it bothered me a lot.

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PearlyKayAm1
Aug 26, 2018

Boring AF.

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Janice21383
Aug 26, 2018

It's odd to read comments about the awful story that viewers cannot tolerate or make make sense of when blood atonement and sacrifice of the innocent is one of the oldest and most familiar stories in the world, if not the most popular, and continues IRL to this day. Director/writer Yorgos Lanthimos's story is inspired by the myth of Iphigenia, but in a stark, off-putting modern setting, which is also reminiscent to a looming Greek temple. Give it one hour, at least, and enjoy young Barry Keoghan's performance. You may find the puzzle pieces falling into place.

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biny
Aug 22, 2018

Bresson's Actor-model might influence Lanthimos, but I thought of Roy Anderson.

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mr_chocolate
Aug 03, 2018

I congratulate Colin Farrell and Nicole Kidman in acting in some diverse films, however this film wasn't really worth the effort for me. This revenge story, has been done much better in other films, than this one.
I found it difficult to reason the actions by the husband, and of how the events played out to make the results that this film went with.
This director also did the 2015 film, The Lobster, of which I disliked even more.
Even though I struggled with watching this film, I can appreciate the actors and their abilities to perform in this too weird of and disconnected film. I blame the writer and director for the "stiff" dialogue.

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akirakato
Aug 02, 2018

Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos in 2017 based on the ancient Greek play "Iphigenia at Aulis" by Euripides, this psychological horror story follows a cardiac surgeon who secretly befriends a teenage boy with a connection to his past.
The original Greek play revolves around Agamemnon, the leader of the Greek coalition before and during the Trojan War, and his decision to sacrifice his daughter, Iphigenia, to appease the goddess Artemis and allow his troops to set sail to preserve their honour in battle against Troy.
The film adaptation appears silly and unrealistic from today's perspective.
Even a great director could NOT create a good film from the ill-contrived script.
This is definitely a total flop.

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Mar 08, 2018

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