★★★★☆ The Killing of a Sacred Deer, Film4 & HanWay Films
Directed by Yargos Lanthimos, The Killing of a Sacred Deer is spine chilling and eerie right down to its very core. Both Colin Farrell and Nicole Kidman create an unnerving experience never to be forgotten in this weird taboo thriller.
Colin Farrell plays Steven Murphy, a well-respected surgeon with a beautiful and loving wife (played by Nicole Kidman) and two children Bob and Kim (played by Sunny Suljic and Raffey Cassidy). They play happy families until 16-year-old Martin (played by Barry Keoghan) finds his way into Steven’s life, hangs out with the surgeon as if they were best friends and inviting each other to their houses for dinner. Things soon change as Martin’s true colours and motives are shown as he threatens the surgeon and bodies get dragged up from the mud. Through a twisted game of playing God, Steven is forced to think about the past and what he’s done (or not done) and to make a decision that could affect his family forever.
Steven and his wife’s marriage is a particularly odd and intriguing one. They have a few kinks within the bedroom, especially one involving the phrase ‘general anaesthetic’. Steven has somnophilia which his wife submits to. She lies there pretending to be asleep whilst Steven has sex with her.
Farrell provides the audience with a sensational piece of acting, alongside Kidman and more specifically new kid on the block, Keoghan, who plays Martin. A lot happens in the film where you question everything. However, the nature of the film is about guilt and the repercussions and responsibilities of the life and death of human life.
The Killing of a Sacred Deer is unnerving and sets your hair on edge, but it’s thrilling and will have you biting at your nails, ready and waiting for what’s to come next.
The Killing of a Sacred Deer is out now in cinemas.