Sunday, June 26, 2016

Fear X (2003)

Silver Nitrate Releasing
Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn
My rating: 3.5 stars out of 4
(DVD, Lions Gate)

John Torturro, in a bravura performance, plays a security guard at a mall struggling to get his life back together after his wife is murdered. He intensely studies surveillance video hoping to get a glimpse of the killer. He has hallucinations of his wife, who goes into the rental house across the street. He breaks in one day and finds photographs which lead him to a remote town in Montana where he finds an elaborate cover-up involving the police. Or does he? Elusive film will frustrate most viewers, but for those willing to forego preconceived notions of beginning, middle and especially ending plot elements, it is quite a ride. Minimalist soundtrack by Brian Eno and J. Peter Schwalm complements and enhances the tense mood. Cinematographer Larry Smith, who worked with Kubrick, successfully recaptures that director's unique visual style.

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