You Were Never Really Here movie review - Aussieboyreviews


With excellent acting from Joaquin Phoenix, this thriller is violent, strong, very effective, but also quite flat. But it’s still incredibly easy to see the reasons for high its ratings.


A traumatised and troubled veteran unafraid of violence who rescues missing young girls takes a job to track down and save a kidnapped teenager, where he also uncovers a conspiracy.

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Movie details

Director: Lynne Ramsay
Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Judith Roberts, Ekaterina Samsonov, John Doman, Dante Olson, Alex Manette
Writer: Lynne Ramsay
Release Date (Australia): 11 June 2018
Runtime: 89 minutes/1h 29m
Genre: Thriller, Crime, Drama
Country: UK, France, USA
Language: English

CONTENT GUIDE (warning: May contain spoilers)

Themes (MA15+)

The film’s themes include child prostitution and sexual abuse, as well as self-harm and suicide.

Violence (MA15+)

The film contains scenes in which a man attacks and kills people with a hammer and people are shot, accompanied by depictions of blood detail and severe injuries.

Coarse Language (M)

The film contains often aggressive use of the word “f**k” throughout.

Nudity (PG)

There is a depiction of a nude man’s buttocks and a painting featuring a woman’s breasts.

mpaa rating

R (for strong violence, disturbing and grisly images, language, and brief nudity)

Aussie boy's thoughts

You Were Never Really Here is a brutal and effective story thats disappointment is that it just never feels like it ever picks up. However, it still doesn’t take a lot of effort to see why the score for the film is so high. It’s both written and directed decently by Lynne Ramsay, and takes a thematic focus on a veteran who tracks down missing girls for a living.

The bleak tone and visual darkness of the film are both shot very well, and the most memorable would be the bright city lights sitting in the night and the dark violent scenes. But although Joaquin Phoenix is as good as ever in his role, his and the other characters are very uninteresting and there’s no dialogue that makes them or the story worth rooting for.

Anyway, the biggest problem is how long it takes for this film to actually pick up its premise and get to work. But by the time it does, it’s so easy to lose track of what’s happening and it isn’t as intense as many have said. It’s rather boring and a lot of things about it are just confusing.

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