- Amir Steklov
The Killing of a Sacred Deer - (2017)
Director: Yorgos Lanthimos.
The Killing of a Sacred Deer is a film that will leave audiences questioning their morality and the nature of humanity. Director Yorgos Lanthimos has crafted a well-executed thriller that is both unsettling and thought-provoking.
The story follows a successful surgeon, Steven Murphy (Colin Farrell), as he befriends a mysterious teenager, Martin (Barry Keoghan). As their relationship deepens, a series of events leads to a shocking and twisted climax that will leave audiences guessing until the very end.
One of the strengths of the film is the performance of Barry Keoghan as Martin. He exudes a sense of danger and unpredictability that makes for a truly unsettling and captivating character. His portrayal of Martin is the highlight of the film.
Farrell gives a decent performance as Steven Murphy but it's not one of his best. He conveys the guilt and weight of his actions effectively but it could have been more nuanced.
Lanthimos has also created a visually striking film, with a sterile aesthetic that perfectly reflects the emotionless and detached nature of the characters. The use of music, particularly the references to Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey and The Shining, adds to the eerie and unsettling atmosphere of the film.
The Killing of a Sacred Deer is a film that will stay with audiences long after the credits have rolled. It's a thought-provoking and highly entertaining thriller that is worth watching. However, it is not a masterpiece, some parts of the film felt a little too long and it could have been more refined. Overall, it's a very good film that showcases the talent of Barry Keoghan and the vision of Yorgos Lanthimos.
Verdict: 4 / 5 ★ - Very good.