Blu-ray Review: YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE

YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE is based on Jonathan Ames’s novella of the same name. The movie was written and directed by Lynne Ramsay and stars Joaquin Phoenix, Ekaterina Samsonov, Alessandro Nivola, Alex Manette and Judith Roberts.

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. When a teenage girl goes missing, this jaded, brutal enforcer attempts a rescue mission. He uncovers corruption and abuse of power along his way.

You Were Never Really Here follows Joe (Joaquin Phoenix), a loner with a tragic past who’s been left mentally scarred due to a traumatic experience from his childhood as well as his service in the military. He lives with his mother and has a close relationship with her but he keeps his personal life completely separated from his professional life. Joe is a brutal enforcer who tracks down missing girls for a living and he’s really good at his job. It’s a dangerous profession that has also left even more mental scarring that Joe has to deal with. The viewer gets to see some of this through Joe’s flashbacks that feature some haunting visions of what he’s witnessed.

What happens is, Joe ends up meeting Nina (Ekaterina Samsonov), the latest young girl he rescues from a bad situation and he ends up getting in the middle of an extremely dark situation. Joe has uncovered something really sinister and becomes the target and these people don’t want any witnesses because it could cause big problems. I’m trying not to spoil anything for you so let’s just say there’s a sleazy government politician involved. Joe finds himself in the fight for his life against this sinister threat and it’s a battle that will leave even more mental and emotionally scarring that he has to deal with but Joe has a little help in the end from his new friend Nina.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, an image and list of special features. The Blu-ray disc is medium blue and features the movie logo. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, You Were Never Really Here is a movie that’s not going to be for everyone but if you liked We Need to Talk About Kevin then this one should satisfy your thirst for dark and intense psychological thrillers that Ramsay executes so well. The story about this lone enforcer who helps this young girl felt kind of familiar because there’s been several movies similar to this but what helps it move along is the powerful performance by the always entertaining Joaquin Phoenix. His character is the center piece of the movie and hardly says a word throughout the entire watch. We really more on his facial expressions, mannerisms and the violent way he cunducts his business and Phoenix pulls this off like a boss. He’s a creepy looking character but thankfully he’s a good guy. The movie is dark and unsettling character study about this man with a tragic past who’s able to put his personal struggles behind him so he can ultimately save this girl. You Were Never Really Here will be available on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD) on July 17th.

Distributor: Lionsgate Home Entertainment

Run Time: 90 Minutes

Rated: R

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition 16×9 Widescreen (2.39:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH and Spanish

Special Features: N/A

 

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