THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER
By Chris Dugopolski and Mary Cox
What an interesting title for a movie that is anything but interesting. This movie has no redeeming value. On top of that, it has a high gross factor in places. It is supposed to be a psychological thriller indicated by some very ominous background music, which doesn’t match the action (or lack thereof) on the screen.
The movie stars Academy Award Winner Nicole Kidman as Anna Murphy and Colin Farrell as her husband Steven Murphy, a heart surgeon. They have two children, Kim and Bob, played respectively by Raffey Cassidy and Sunny Suljic. We see them in their dark, but expensive, suburban home totally lacking any warmth. Alicia Silverstone plays Martin’s mother.
We were disappointed in the acting. Earlier this year Kidman and Farrell starred in a much better film, “The Beguiled” The acting in that film was superb in this film it was stilted at best.
It was directed by Academy Award Nominee Yorgos Lanthimos who is known for the 2015 film “The Lobster.” Lanthimos and Efthymis Flippou wrote the screenplay. the dialogue is very banal and stilted. Have you watered the plants? Have you walked the dog? These are said in the same flat monotone as I love my family very much. At one-point Kim says that Martin, a teen whom Colin has befriended, made her laugh hysterically. This statement is unbelievable as all the characters in this movie seemingly have no emotions.
Martin, who is supposed to be the villain and should be scary, isn’t. He too, is simply too bland to strike fear in the audience. However, he gets ominous background music even when not warranted.
There is a very thin plot to this movie, which defies explanation and frankly we don’t give a damn because we are not made to care about any of the characters or what happens to them.
We are not giving this film any stars. We recommend that you run as far away from this film as possible: it is horrendous. I wouldn’t even waste my time watching it on television. This is the only movie where I have seen film critics get up and leave in the middle of the film. We wish we did.