Film Review: The Killing of a Sacred Deer 2017 (7.5/10)

The killing of the sacred deer

Director: Yorgos Lanthimos

Starring: Nicole Kidman, Colin Farrell, Barry Keoghan, Raffey Cassidy & Sunny Suljic

This film is a multilayer philosophical, thought provoking, disturbing psychological thriller. It’s one of those films you want to watch again but do not dare to. While watching you keep on edge and wonder what is going on?

The film is about a successful heart surgeon with beautiful home, wife and two lovely children, everything is almost perfect except for the teenager whom he has taken under his wings and the really strange robotic way in which the characters speaks. Later we start also noticing the strange relationship between him and his wife.

The events show that the surgeon cares for the teenager following the death of his father on his operating table. But is this enough? Is this just?

The film brings the dilemmas of good and bad inside each of us, how do we view our own acts under relaxed verses stressed circumstances and how do we react in each case. It also touches slightly on the corruption in the medical sector.

I am also sure what you see in this film will highly depends on your age and where are you in life when watching it.

The film stars Colin Farrell as the surgeon and Nicole Kidman as his Ophthalmologist wife.

Nicole Kidman is no stranger to doing such characters and was not surprising at all to see her great performance. The surprise to me was Colin Farrell whose performance has risen to completely different levels thanks to the Director Yorgos Lanthimos who could bring it all out.

I would also give praise to all the teenagers who played the surgeon’s children and the kid whom he was caring for. All performed equally good.

A big warning, this is not a classic physiological thriller and surly not for everyone.



One thought on “Film Review: The Killing of a Sacred Deer 2017 (7.5/10)

  1. IMad KUbba September 21, 2018 / 3:25 am

    The film did not make sense to me until I read your review but some questions still linger on!! and certainly I am not going to see the film again.
    You are absolutely right in your insights and analysis of the characters in the film and their reactions to the stress they are under. Was Martin, the teenager, consciously trying to revenge his father’s death who he believed was killed by the surgeon on the operating bed or was he merely a psychopath? And were the surgeon reactions logical in trying to save his children from their fatal illnesses? and last but not least, how did the warning of Martin to the surgeon of the death of his children and wife partially came true?
    The film progresses very slowly and all the characters and not only Martin spoke in a strange robotic and monotonous way as you noted in your review and I found half the film gone with nothing seemed to have happened until the strings of the story emerges slowly and strongly. The film has intense scenes which may be disturbing to some people but are dramatically great and I agree with you that the acting of was great by all the characters in the story.
    Finally and as as you said, this film is not for everyone and it is certainly not for me 🙂

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