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You Were Never Really Here (2017)

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A traumatized veteran, unafraid of violence, tracks down missing girls for a living. When a job spins out of control, Joe's nightmares overtake him as a conspiracy is uncovered leading to what may be his death trip or his awakening.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Joe
... Young Joe
Larry Canady ... Cincinatti Cab Driver
... Moises
Neo Randall ... Moises's Friend
... Joe's Mother
... Angel
... John McCleary
Edward Latham ... Drug Dealer
... Senator Albert Votto
... Staring Girl
Denis Ozer ... Afghan Boy
Tia-Sophia Bush ... Afghan Girl
Lucy Lan Lao ... Dead Girl
Annie Mac-Yang ... Dead Girl
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Balancing between feverish dreamlike hallucinations of a tormented past and a grim disoriented reality, the grizzled Joe--a traumatised Gulf War veteran and now an unflinching hired gun who lives with his frail elderly mother--has just finished yet another successful job. With an infernal reputation of being a brutal man of results, the specialised in recovering missing teens enforcer will embark on a blood-drenched rescue mission, when Nina, the innocent 13-year-old daughter of an ambitious New York senator, never returns home. But amidst half-baked leads and a desperate desire to shake off his shoulders the heavy burden of a personal hell, Joe's frenzied plummet into the depths of Tartarus is inevitable, and every step Joe takes to flee the pain, brings him closer to the horrors of insanity. In the end, what is real, and what is a dream? Can there be a new chapter in Joe's life when he keeps running around in circles? Written by Nick Riganas

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R for strong violence, disturbing and grisly images, language, and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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6 April 2018 (USA)  »

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A Beautiful Day  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$132,829, 8 April 2018, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,468,744, 24 May 2018
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According to Rolling Stone, Joaquin Phoenix has stated that Lynne Ramsay gave him an audio file of fireworks mixed with gunshots to suggest what's going on in Joe's head. See more »

Quotes

Senator Votto: McCleary said you were brutal.
Joe: ...I can be.
Senator Votto: I want you to hurt them.
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References Psycho (1960) See more »

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I've Never Been To Me
Written by Ken Hirsch and Ronald Miller
Performed by Charlene
Published by Stone Diamond Music Corp. / Jobete Music
Courtesy Motown Record Company LP
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Tried so hard but failed
10 March 2018 | by See all my reviews

What a shame. Quite stylish. Great camera shots. But that alone does not make a good film. It's boring and frustrating. So much effort was put into trying to make it look stylish but it was boring, slow and lacking in story and dialogue.

Throughout the film the emphasis is on style and cinematography and a lot of the shots are quite impressive but it's not clever or captivating. It's boring.


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