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The new trailer for Lynne Ramsay’s You Were Never Really Here has surfaced and lead Joaquin Phoenix (Her, Walk the Line, Inherent Vice, The Master) looks ready to mess up some people while also fighting his PTSD.

Ramsay’s film received good feedback at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year, winning Best Screenplay and Best Actor for Phoenix. The new trailer is a tease on what to expect from this thrilling drama about Joe (Phoenix), a military vet who tracks down missing girls for a living. While doing a routine job with his trusty hammer in hand, he smashes his way to rescue a girl (Ekaterina Samonov) only to have nightmares overtake him as a conspiracy is uncovered leading to what may be his death trip or his awakening.

Ramsay wrote and directed the film based on the book by Jonathan Ames. He collaborated once again with both editor Joe Bini (a longtime Werner Herzog associate) and composer Jonny Greenwood (Paul Thomas Anderson alumni). The filmmaker was famously gearing up to direct Jane Got a Gun but left that production the day that shooting was to begin, so it’s been a long, hard wait for her We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011) follow-up. The film also stars Judith Roberts, John Doman, Alex Manette, Dante Pereira-Olsen, and Alessandro Nivola.

"YWNRH may be one of those films that improves with a second viewing and the right kind of cinematic context. Amazon Studios has acquired it for the U.S., so when the time comes for online distribution the human beings behind the algorithms might consider nudging customers to home program it next to complementary works such as, for example, Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver, which is clearly in YWNRH’s rearview mirror, from the driving scenes and political corruption theme to the homage embedded in the opulently gory brothel rescue sequence. An even better companion piece for living-room double bills might be Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice, and not just because both the latter and this film star Joaquin Phoenix in florid form. Both movies are loopy, dreamy, near-disaster zones that flirt coquettishly with genre conventions — detective fiction for Inherent Vice, the killer-redeemed-through-killing subgenre for YWNRH." (Variety)

You Were Never Really Here was initially planning a February 2018 release date but pushed the opening date to April 6, 2018. Check out the trailer below.

The official synopsis reads:

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.


As seen in the clip above, Phoenix handles himself masterfully and his performance received many uplifting reviews after the film premiered.

"In regards to his character’s profession, Phoenix’s passionate performance instills a real world legitimacy in Joe, even if the events seem hard to believe. He’s stealthy, but brutal, prefering a hammer over a gun as a weapon of choice. That fact in particular often makes Ramsay’s action sequences feel like a companion piece to Netflix and Marvel Studios’ Daredevil series or Christopher Nolan’s quietly effective Batman Begins. He certainly isn’t a superhero, but Joe handles his business as though he’s about to be one in these action sequences." (Collider)

"Phoenix, an actor who never plays wounded the same way twice, has found a kindred cinematic spirit in Ramsay, whose camera watches, ponders and broods in perfect reflective sync with his riveting face — here clouded by a ragged hedge of charcoal-hued beard, but no less riddled than usual with fury and worry. Resisting the obvious temptation to play Joe simply as stoically hardened, Phoenix revels in taut, twitchy details of body language, while Ramsay contributes her own eccentric, sometimes hilarious inversions of the hardman archetype. This is surely the first and last revenge thriller to feature hunter and felled prey holding hands for a mumbly gallows singalong of Charlene’s “I’ve Never Been To Me.” [...] In the most brilliant of many formal coups, Joe’s one-man brothel invasion is shown from the switching, chronologically broken perspective of multiple security cameras, the background musical molasses of “Angel Baby” interrupted with every cut, as the body count silently and almost incidentally mounts." (Variety)

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Related:   The Master, Inherent Vice, We Need to Talk About Kevin



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