You Were Never Really Here hits Sundance next week, but Lynne Ramsay’s dark thriller has been making the festival rounds for months now and it’s picked up a boulder of great buzz.
This full-lentgth trailer shows us some more violence, more tone, but still manages to keep the meat of the story under wraps. And pay attention to the score at work here from Jonny Greenwood, because it’s wonderfully unnerving:
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.
There will definitely be some brutal moments, given that Phoenix’s killer character’s favorite method of pain appears to be a hammer. This is also Lynne Ramsay’s long-awaited (too long gee hmm wonder why funding was so tough to secure gee) follow-up to 2011’s wonderful tense We Need to Talk About Kevin starring Tilda Swinton and John C. Reilly in one of the more interesting movie married couples in recent memory. She appears to be striking the same chords, albeit in a more direct way and in a more violent story.
You Were Never Really Here also stars Ekaterina Samsonov and the great Alessandro Nivola. It will hit theaters in the U.S. on April 6. In related news, I know where I now know where I will be April 6.