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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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Lynne Ramsay

Writers:

Lynne Ramsay (screenplay by), Jonathan Ames (based on the book by)
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 24 wins & 59 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joaquin Phoenix ... Joe
Dante Pereira-Olson ... Young Joe
Larry Canady Larry Canady ... Cincinatti Cab Driver
Vinicius Damasceno ... Moises
Neo Randall Neo Randall ... Moises's Friend
Judith Roberts ... Joe's Mother
Frank Pando ... Angel
John Doman ... John McCleary
Edward Latham Edward Latham ... Drug Dealer
Alex Manette ... Senator Albert Votto
Claire Hsu ... Staring Girl
Denis Ozer Denis Ozer ... Afghan Boy
Tia Sofia Begh Tia Sofia Begh ... Afghan Girl
Lucy Lan Luo Lucy Lan Luo ... Dead Girl
Annie Mac-Yang Annie Mac-Yang ... Dead Girl
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Storyline

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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Bring the hammer.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Language:

English

Release Date:

6 April 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

You Were Never Really Here See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$132,829, 8 April 2018, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,523,610, 10 June 2018
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color | Black and White (surveillance footage)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The lake scene is reminiscent of the end of "I'm Still Here." Phoenix also had a very thick beard for that film, increasing the similarity of visuals. See more »

Goofs

Joe is wearing a white shirt at the residence where Nina is being kept. He slings the hammer over his shoulder after having hit several people, but no blood smears on the shirt. See more »

Quotes

Joe's Mother: Where you spend your time? What do you do?
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References Speechless (2016) See more »

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Words and Music by Colbie Caillat, Jason Reeves
Performed by Colbie Caillat
Published by Cocomarie Music / Sony/ATV Tunes LLC
Courtesy of Universal Records (US)
Under licence from Universal Music Operations Ltd
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Disappointing
21 March 2018 | by pietervanosch20See all my reviews

The mesmerizing trailer for this film got me on board to catch a morning screening, and while there is a lot to like about You Were Never Really Here, it unfortunately falls short of greatness. This can best be described as a 21st century Taxi Driver with the visual style of something like Drive. The biggest selling point here is undoubtedly Joaquin Phoenix, who, as always, gives an electrifying performance that will keep your eyes glued to the screen for its relatively short runtime of 95 minutes. It is a shame then, that the pace still drags. Not because there is little happening, but because its anti-government message about post-traumatic stress (strange dreamlike flashbacks imply that he is an ex-soldier with a bad childhood) is just nothing new at this point. Its strength lies in the intoxicating visual flair, and that stellar lead performance. Although it is at its core a very violent film, we only get to see the aftermath of what takes place, which makes the setpieces feel a little uninvolving. Two or three unique and brilliantly done scenes aside, this will mostly be a matter of personal taste. Considering the fact that I actually like a slower, more artful visual experience, I can't really recommend seeing this on the big screen, for it did not leave me with a lasting impression. Fans of Phoenix should definitely give it a go once it comes out on blu-ray.


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