You Were Never Really Here

You Were Never Really Here

DVD - 2018
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A traumatized veteran, unafraid of violence, tracks down missing girls for a living. When a job spins out of control, Joe's nightmares overtake him as a conspiracy is uncovered leading to what may be his death trip or his awakening.
Publisher: Santa Monica, California :, Lions Gate Entertainment,, [2018]
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9786317352193
Branch Call Number: DVD
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 90 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
4 3/4 in
5.1 Dolby Digital
wide screen (2.39:1),rda
video file,rdaft
DVD video
region 1,rdare


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Jun 18, 2019

Horrible, miserable movie. Sound level alternated between blaring loud and so low that the dialogue was unintelligible. Had to turn on closed captioning to figure out what they were saying. Out of 89-minutes running length it was more than 35 minutes before anything happened and after that it was a lot of blood and gore. It was a complete waste of time.

JCLZachC Jun 18, 2019

A damaged man freelances hurting bad men who hurt young girls. Sort of like The Equalizer in terms of premise, but without a ton of plot. This is a strip downed experience. All the fat has been trimmed. Joe (Joaquin Phoenix), had a bad childhood, we don't know quite how bad, he endured great trauma as an adult in law enforcement/armed services, we don't know quite how horrific it was. The movie is very violent, he likes to use a hammer, but a good amount of the violence isn't show, we see the bodies on the ground, but not how they got there. The movie is only 90 min, so while it is light on exposition, it is more about the universal nature of trauma and pain, and the evil that causes it, and the anger that it provokes. This one just hurtles forward and is an intense experience that doesn't feel like it's missing anything while telling you so little.

If you like Joaquin Phoenix and you like violence in film, you'll like this movie. Joaquin Phoenix bludgeons people with a ball-peen hammer. Based on a Jonathan Ames novel and directed by Lynne Ramsay, YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE has some avant-garde bona fides. It's an intellectual tough-guy drama. It's nice to see Joaquin Phoenix play a tough guy. I enjoyed it. Oh, also, I liked the Jonny Greenwood soundtrack so much I purchased a copy of it.

Jun 13, 2019

not my cup of tea. more wallowing in the failure of men's heroic narrative. with no alternatives in sight in the usa. just endless violence mass murder killing. it's a man's world. yes it is

Apr 30, 2019

Not much dialogue. A well done psychological thriller. The movie scenes jump from childhood to military and present day trauma with no end to the suffering of the "hired victim."

Mar 09, 2019

i found it to be a man's personal struggle with his own Yin & Yang so to speak. Not what i was expecting but i watched it none the less.

Feb 21, 2019

I was very bored, so turned it off 20 minutes in.

Feb 08, 2019

I LOVED it! What all the one-starrers say about this film is the exact opposite!

Jan 22, 2019

This was one of the worst movies ever! It was not only ridiculous but gross as well. I watched because I had nothing else.

Jan 17, 2019

Content warning: Joaquin Phoenix does some horrible things with a hammer in this movie.
I find it intensely annoying when people blame a movie for not being what they think it is. Do your research people. "You Were Never Really Here" is an indie (Well as indie as a film released by Amazon Studios can be.) art film in the guise of an revenge movie, in the same way that "Good Time" was an art film masquerading as a thriller. With its elliptical editing, enigmatic main character, and Johnny Greenwood score, this is not for people who are into "Death Wish" or "The Equalizer." Phoenix is a traumatized veteran who does jobs that require violence; he's hired to track down a missing girl and becomes embroiled in something bigger. Phoenix, in one of his three films of 2018, is brooding and brutal, but not without sympathy. Based on a book by Jonathan Ames. Director Lynne Ramsay's eclectic filmography also includes "Ratcatcher" and "We Need to Talk About Kevin." Winner of best actor and best screenplay at Cannes.

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