Tuesday, 8 March 2011
I watched this last night for the first time on film4.
It's a strange one and definitely not for everyone. For a start the violence is graphic and brutal and that alone will be enough to put a lot of people off. It's one of those films where the plot feels secondary to the general style, imagery and flow of the piece.
The scenery is breathtaking, and the actors fit into each scene almost like props, rather than people who you want to get to know. Though they are all acted perfectly, they aren't explored into too much depth, which I think suits this film well. If you sit back and let it wash over you, it'll move you in ways you can't quite put your finger on.
It left a very good impression on me, and still has me thinking about it the next day.
I'd recommend it, certainly, but don't watch it if you're looking for a more mainstream, watertight plot of action and adventure that you can forget about after watching; and definitely don't watch it if you're squeamish!