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The Killing Of a Sacred Deer (2017) Review

Would you be able to do the unthinkable?

Apologies for the lack of reviews lately, I’ve been away and I recently got home a week ago and now I can start going to see different films again.

This review will be short, but too the point.

“You should tell him to come ’round again.”

Release Date: November 3rd

Genre: Drama, Mystery, Horror, Thriller.


I’ve been interested in seeing The Killing Of a Sacred Deer ever since I saw the directors previous film, The Lobster last year and reviewed it ( ). It was a bizarre, weird, and yet highly unique and original picture and after I saw The Lobster, I knew that this director was going to be one to watch to bring some originality to the big screen.

The Killing Of A Sacred Deer is a Drama, Horror, Mystery and Thriller movie about a man named Steven, he is a very charming and skilled surgeon, who is forced to make an unthinkable sacrifice after his life starts to fall apart, when the behaviour of a teenage boy he has taken under his wing turns sinister.

The Killing of a Sacred Deer is directed and written by Yorgos Lanthimos. Yorgos Lanthimos’ filmography consists of The Lobster (2015). Each film that Lanthimos directs I find myself utterly entranced in what he makes. The Killing Of A Sacred Deer is no different, in fact, so far this my favourite film that he has done. I think he has something really special going on with Colin Farrell, as their two collaborations together have been great. The way this film is written and the way that the camera moves, is just really well done. I found myself on the edge of my seat the entire 2 hour run time, and it will be a film that I will continue to think about long after the credits have rolled.

The Killing Of a Sacred Deer stars Colin Farrell as Steven Murphy, Nicole Kidman as Anna Murphy, and Barry Keoghan as Martin.

Colin Farrell’s Filmography consists of Minority Report (2002), Phonebooth (2002), The Recruit (2003), S.W.A.T. (2003), Miami Vice (2006), In Bruges (2008), Pride And Glory (2008), Crazy Heart (2009), Fright Night (2011), Horrible Bosses (2011), Total Recall (2012), Seven Psychopaths (2012), Dead Man Down (2013), The Lobster (2015), and Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them (2016). I really liked Farrell in this role, he did a really great job as Steven. He was a man of means, but also you couldn’t help but occasionally be frustrated by his actions in other scenes. I’m interested to see if Yorgos and Colin team up again for more movies, because I feel like they bring out the best work in each other.

Nicole Kidman’s Filmography consists of Batman Forever (1995), Moulin Rouge! (2001), The Others (2001), Paddington (2014), and Loon (2016). I like Nicole Kidman, but as you can see I haven’t seen a lot of movies that she’s done. She was really really good in The Killing of A Sacred Deer though. I actually forgot it was her sometimes, I felt like I was watching someone who was going through this experience, and not an actor.

Barry Keoghan’s filmography consists of Dunkirk (2017). I am not too familiar with Keoghan’s acting, he had a small role in Dunkirk (2017), but I haven’t seen any of his other movies. He was really great in Dunkirk though and he was even better in The Killing of a Sacred Deer. He was extremely nice in some scenes and then theres a turn that happens where he just becomes creepy, unnerving and sadistic. I felt actually he was unnerving the entire movie, even when he was being nice. He was great in this movie.

All the actors in this movie were really excellent, and it was a refreshing blast of originality that we don’t see much often in Hollywood these days.

I really like how there was almost no music in this movie, and when there was music it was super nonchalant in places, and then in others it was really loud. It added a lot to the atmosphere of the movie, it felt unconventional, and really ramped up the tension.

I give The Killing of a Sacred Deer a 4.5/5.

This review is short, but that just gives you more time to go out and see this movie!

Until Next Time!


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