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Nocturnal Animals (2016)

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A wealthy art gallery owner is haunted by her ex-husband's novel, a violent thriller she interprets as a symbolic revenge tale.

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A "story inside a story," in which the first part follows a woman named Susan who receives a book manuscript from her ex-husband, a man whom she left 20 years earlier, asking for her opinion. The second element follows the actual manuscript, called "Nocturnal Animals," which revolves around a man whose family vacation turns violent and deadly. It also continues to follow the story of Susan, who finds herself recalling her first marriage and confronting some dark truths about herself.

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When you love someone you can't just throw it away

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Rated R for violence, menace, graphic nudity, and language | See all certifications »

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9 December 2016 (USA)  »

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$22,500,000 (estimated)

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$492,648 (USA) (18 November 2016)

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$10,428,841 (USA) (6 January 2017)
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Jena Malone plays Lydia Bennett in Pride and Prejudice (2005) while Ellie Bamber appears in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016) playing the same character. See more »

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Carlos: Susan, enjoy the absurdity of our world. It's a lot less painful. Believe me, our world is a lot less painful than the real world.
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Implausible, over-stylised drama with zero substance
5 December 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

You know those movies that you are angry at when they end because you can't get those 2 hours of your life back? Well, this is one of them. I could even give this a one word review but IMDb need 10 lines and that one word may be deemed offensive to some readers.

This... film... is more like a poor, over-budgeted tele-drama. But I guess it makes a lot of sense, as the film actually looks like it was made by a fashion designer; it is highly stylised, even slick but totally lacking in substance.

The exchange of dialogue, meaning and any chemistry between characters of the more than capable cast (I really dig Jake Gyllenhall) was slaughtered by what appeared to be the director's obsession controlling each and every frame, resulting in jerky and awkward delivery.

Also, this film ain't no thriller. There's even a cheap stunt employed that only the most b-grade non-thrillers pull: the quick flash of a scary image that's out of place to scare the bejesus out of you. Ridiculous.

Apart from the annoying directorial anal retentiveness rendering the actor's performance insincere, the story is just so totally and utterly implausible and leaves you feeling empty. While the book it's based on may be a story your imagination could bring to life, clearly Tom's imagination is either severely lacking or he's a huge fan of Days Of Our Lives.


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