Watch what happens when Nicholas Cage has to work hard to be the craziest character in the movie…
Bizarre to say the least. It’s dark and twisted and confusing at first.
This arthouse movie is weird and wonderful, painted boldly and yet beautifully. Harsh colours of coldness and heat; violence and death haunt the screen; emotions run high and cut through the soul; in this story of a man honouring his wife from a godly worshipping cult. Is it a cult, or are they really just the devils themselves? They’re ‘crazy evil’ drug fuelled beasts. For this story is of a wife, a mysterious, special being, that is kidnapped by a group known as the black skulls. They are a legend at first, until things would be destroyed after they would randomly appear. This time, they must disappear in expressions of love and sickness. Definitely the perfect antagonists for the context of the movie.
Nicolas Cage is something extremely special; Many think he’s a crackpot, but I’m a big fan of him and his work; I’ll happily watch any film he is in as I thoroughly enjoy his talent. He is just a mutant that can play any role. From a treasure hunter, to a vampire, to a now, axe making, chainsaw wielding hero. I can only theorise that one day he will star in a role so mundane we will applaud his sense of meta.
The longer this film goes on the more thrilling and captivating it becomes, and while there isn’t much dialogue throughout, though the narrative just unfolds in front of your eyes that cannot be looked away from, and every now and then, you will catch yourself smirking or feel your stomach churning. But when words are being spoken, I found myself more puzzled than when being in the silence and the soundtrack of deep, heavy, hypnotic instrumentals. The atmosphere is perfectly constructed and is in itself a performance of cinema.
The ending comes with feelings of being stunned and complete silence. I felt the closure, yet it didn’t feel like enough. This film has to be heavily appreciated for its utter, brutal creativity, set in the beautiful wilderness, it has a raw nakedness and is disturbingly astounding. It’s not for the faint hearted or for those who aren’t a fan of indie films. However, generally, I don’t do indie films. But I’m glad I gave this one a go. And god bless Nicholas Cage.