You Were Never Really Here

 

Writer-director Lynne Ramsay's adaptation of the Jonathan Ames novella about a stressed-out, self-loathing hitman (Joaquin Phoenix) gets lost in a quagmire of immorality. Hired by a New York state senator (Alex Manette) whose 13-year-old daughter (Ekaterina Samsonov) is being held captive in a brothel of underage girls, the assassin sets out to rescue her through slaughter. The fact that Ramsay's script presents this as an opportunity for him to recapture the spark of life and find redemption is as deplorable as it is twisted.

 

Watch out for: Skewed values, much gory physical and gun violence, rear male nudity, mature references including suicide and the sexual exploitation of underage girls, and frequent rough language.

 

Rated: O, morally offensive; MPAA: R

 

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