The best thriller of the year, it's set!

Zachery 2022-04-19 09:01:53

Many domestic fans and film critics expressed their disappointment with "Death of the Sacred Deer", but I still watched it with my expectations of the excellent level of A24 production company, and my expectations were not in vain.

In this era of rapid technological development, almost everyone believes in science, the director has seen the arrogance of human beings. "Death of the Sacred Deer" takes an extreme route, and at first glance it seems to be propagating religion and gods. It reduces the proud science of human beings to a mouse that is powerless in the face of transcendent phenomena; it tramples the rationality that society has always advocated under its feet. Such an extreme line is easy to feel disgusted, but all art needs to be rendered to make its own point of view clearer and its position firmer, so as to better make the audience’s mind ripple, so that this point of view can be understood and understood by people. remember. Just like the name of the film, the dead Bob is the sacrificed "sacred deer". Why Martin has this ability and how he does it is irrelevant, he is symbolized in the film to represent the god (or nature) that humans cannot understand and defeat.

The director actually intended to express a mockery of human arrogance and hope that people can have a little respect for nature.

The director positioned everyone as a completely rational person, and placed them in a family that should have warmth and support and help each other. So when it's about to decide who goes and who stays, Bob will cut his hair to please his father; Kim will beg Martin to let her stand up, run away, pretend to be kind and noble in front of her father, and deliberately speak harshly to make her mother angry; She hopes to get Martin to punish Steven instead of the family, her husband's favorite black dress with sex and his favorite black dress on the boat before she dies. They are both courting Steven, who decides their lives, and their sheer rationality is creepy. But in the end, Steven chose to kill Bob by a random method, which satirized the pride of human reason.

Although the views expressed in "The Death of the Sacred Deer" have a strong anti-science, anti-humanity and even a strong flavor of feudal superstition, it still cannot be denied that it has a high degree of completion, and it has a very special way of mobilizing emotions and creating atmosphere. An eye-catching place. Aside from the script, look at the handling of the entire film on the camera. It uses many long takes, and at the same time, it uses the technique of shooting through glass to create a very subtle sense of indifference and alienation. Some people think this way of handling the atmosphere is too weak and boring, but I like it very much. Compared with "Get Out" and "Dunkirk", which give people strong sensory stimulation through pictures or soundtracks, it requires you to meditate. It is more real, so that the audience will not automatically separate their thoughts from the real life they are in like watching a sci-fi movie, and it also highlights the theme of the movie.

Whether you love it or hate it, The Death of the Sacred Deer holds my place for the best thriller of 2017.

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The Killing of a Sacred Deer quotes

  • Martin: My mom's attracted to you. She's got a great body.

  • Steven Murphy: [about Martin] He's got issues. Serious psychological issues.

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