You Were Never Really Here

You Were Never Really Here

DVD - 2018
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A traumatized veteran, unafraid of violence, tracks down missing girls for a living. When a job spins out of control, Joe's nightmares overtake him as a conspiracy is uncovered leading to what may be his death trip or his awakening.
Publisher: [Canada] : Elevation Pictures, [2018]
Copyright Date: ©2018
Branch Call Number: DVD You
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (90 minutes) : sound, colour ; 4 3/4 inches
digital,optical,surround,Dolby Digital 5.1
video file,DVD video,region 1

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StephanieLawhun
Nov 15, 2018

The movie strays from the book quite a bit. I much preferred the book. Joaquin Phoenix did a nice job with the lead character but he isn't who I would have chosen for the role.

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jimg2000
Nov 08, 2018

An unexpected ending though not a satisfying one that piggy backed on familiar story about an emotionally broken hitman who was an angel to some like his aging mother and lost women while executioner to others, particularly sex-traffickers. An adaptation of a 2013 novel by Jonathan Ames, Reached for FF button on slow scenes and wished for a better ending.

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BummerMcGee
Oct 27, 2018

This movie was as tortured as its main character. If you are looking for an action film, look elsewhere. If you are looking for a dark, artsy trip through the tortured and wrecked mind of a broken soul, well then you are in the right place. This movie is all about the main character as he tries to cope with his brutal and abusive past. The whole story-line of him being a rescuer of stolen girls is just a backdrop to his day-to-day existence. So just to be clear, there are no elaborate fight scenes, no car chases, no classic action movie elements at all. This is not an action movie. So now that you know what this movie isn't, let's address its success or failure at what it is -- a dark noir film on the inhumanity of man. Joaquin Phoenix does a great job. And that is the only positive thing I will say about this movie. JP carries the entire movie as he is alone on the screen most of the time. There is very little dialogue, so everything is communicated through his behavior (and many convoluted flashbacks). It is very difficult to carry an entire movie single-handedly, with little dialogue, as a camera just follows the main character around. In this case, it is also very boring. An extremely slow moving movie that eventually takes you nowhere.

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KAREN S HARRIS
Oct 25, 2018

Just awful. Not worth the wait or time trying to make sense out of it. I fast forwarded quite a bit & still didn't help

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SimonRAD
Oct 11, 2018

super intense, good performance by JP.

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hammer59
Oct 11, 2018

Tour-de-force film with an epic performance by J. Phoenix. Violent and pretty damn dark but the clever use of American music pop music from long ago (corny romantic ballads juxtaposed against contemporary themes as human trafficiking/political corruption) only enhances the IRONY of the American past (fabled romantic love) and the reality of today----hideous treatment of women by the hands of the elite---

If you think all movies should be like "All Dogs go to Heaven".....avoid this film....so that I can avoid reading your ignorant comments and the confirmation that I live in Nation of low-IQ idiots.

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Dreamstime
Sep 25, 2018

Incredibly bad. Action scenes are pathetic and the story is stupid.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Sep 23, 2018

This drama/thriller film is about a young girl who goes missing, causing an intense investigation that reveals a lot of corruption and torture. This movie contained a lot of powerful performances that really allowed you to delve deep into the true meanings of each of the characters as well as their roles in the storyline. What I liked about the movie most is how the director did a great job at bringing out the poetic elements of the film and turning something small into something big and wonderful. I would rate this movie 4.5/5 stars and recommend it to those who are searching for something different. @The_Reviewer of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

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patbik
Sep 21, 2018

I expected so much more from this film. It was awful, and a complete waste of time.

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JackamoJames
Sep 16, 2018

can u see it? the 90 minutes of my life i will never get back....seemed like 90 days...brutal nonsense film..how do people get financing for this trash?..

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