The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017)


The Killing of a Sacred Deer

The Lobster definitely took my by surprise in 2015. Everything about that film appealed to me. From Colin Farrell’s dead delivery, to the creative and completely absurd nature of storytelling. So when I heard about  Yorgos Lanthimos making another film with Farrell involved, I was game. I went in completely blind; not knowing a single thing about the film. While not as strong as the Lobster, the film is unique in its own right and is one that still leaves an imprint.

The film is about Steven Murphy (Farrell) a surgeon who seems to be involved with a boy named Martin. Their relationship is weird and we don’t really know what to think until we find out the vengeful reason for their acquaintance. Martin’s father died on the operating table due to Murphy’s negligence and in return he must kill one member of his family or face the consequence of the death of his wife and two kids all together. His family go through three stages; paralysis in the legs, extreme loss of appetite, and then bleeding from the eyes which results in death.

As you can tell, the plot is fairly absurd, rivaling itself with that of The Lobster. The dialogue delivery has that similar monotone, deadpan nature as that of The Lobster. The score is overbearing and jarring at times. The film is dark and yet gorgeously filmed. The dialogue and a few of the characters are idiosyncratic and thus you can find bits of humor in some of the situations.

Lanthimos brings forth another wild, weird, and creative entity. I don’t think its as strong as The Lobster was but its still nice to see how things unfold in The Killing of a Sacred Deer. The running time for the film is quite long which stunts some of the plot development and pads but it doesn’t detract too much from the film.


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