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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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Joe
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Young Joe
Larry Canady ...
Cincinatti Cab Driver
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Moises
Neo Randall ...
Moises's Friend
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Angel
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Edward Latham ...
Drug Dealer
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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 successfully yet another 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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$132,829, 8 April 2018, Limited Release

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$1,187,576, 22 April 2018
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Made its North American premiere in the "Spotlight" category at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah on January 21, 2018. See more »

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Senator Votto: [to Joe] 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
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Incredible performances and cinematography, but has a weak uninteresting plot
10 April 2018 | by See all my reviews

I'm a huge fan of art films. This film is definitely inspired by taxi driver and that's one of the reasons why it caught my attention as I love that movie, but this film is a huge let down. It's not good. The acting is 10/10, the cinematography and camerawork is 10/10, but the plot is horrible and boring. Take blade runner 2049's slow (but awesome) pacing and slow it down, throw in an uninteresting predictable repetitive recycled plot we've seen a billion times which could have been told within 20 minutes, give the main character psychological traumatic issues and show us random crap that's going on in his mind, and you have this movie. It brings nothing new to the table and is done in a way that simply bores you. I love dramas, I know this movie is one, an art drama film, but there Wonder, no suspense, no clever conversations, no anything really. I felt like I was watching a long video demonstrating Joaquin Phoenix's phenomenal acting.

In a nutshell this film is a drama with your typical basic story line with phenomenal acting that you will forget within a couple of days. I can only recommend it if love movies with beautiful cinematography and are a huge fan of Joaquin Phoenix, but if you're looking for an original unforgettable drama, a crime revenge film, or whatever else you were expecting, I recommend staying away from this.


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