Movie Review: PIERCING

PIERCING is based on Ryû Murakami’s novel of the same name. The movie was written and directed by Nicolas Pesce and features ground breaking performances by Christopher Abbott and Mia Wasikowska. The film also stars Laia Costa, Maria Dizzia, Marin Ireland and Wendell Pierce.

After kissing his wife and baby goodbye for a seemingly normal business trip, Reed checks himself into a hotel room to accomplish something he’s always dreamed of: the perfect murder. As his sinister plans unfold, he soon realizes he might be in over his head with a mysteriously unhinged call girl named Jackie.

Piercing follows Reed (Christopher Abbott), a young family man who’s dealing with some kind of bludlust so he comes up with a plan to get rid of it by killing a call girl in cold blood. He feels like if he can murder a complete stranger it’ll get rid of his urge to kill and he’ll be able to move on with his personal life. Crazy, right? Reed thinks he’s come up with the perfect plan for a murder but when Jackie (Mia Wasikowska) shows up at his hotel room it doesn’t take long for Reed to realize it’s not going to be as easy as he thought.

This very special call girl has all kinds of psychological issues of her own so instead of killing a complete stranger, Reed finds himself drawn to the troubled call girl in a strange way and as soon as he lets his guard down the tables are turned. What happens is, Jackie has sort of caught on to Reed’s devious intentions for her so she turns it all around on him and the two play a sick and twisted game of cat and mouse with a lot of pain involved. It’s like a game a chess to see who can outsmart who as Reed and Jackie go at it with each other in a night they’ll both never forget – especially Reed.

I had the pleasure to watch and review Nicolas Pesce’s debut feature film The Eyes of My Mother a few years ago and Piercing ended up being an entertaining sophomore effort by the filmmaker. I found myself mesmorized from the very beginning when the noir-style opening credits started rolling to how this twisted psycho-thriller played out because it’s something unique and completely original – even though it pays homage to classic giallos and thrillers from the 70s. There’s also a little torture porn thrown in for the horror hounds to enjoy.

Bottom line is, this horror-comedy plays like Hitchock got a hold of American Psycho and gave it his own special touch. That’s exactly what I was thinking as I watched this character driven gem that features a small element of horror that’s complimanted nicely by a dark sense of humor. Christopher Abbott and Mia Wasikowska, the two lead actors, did a fantastic job with these interesting characters of theirs and Nicolas Pesce captured the magic he needed to make this movie a really fun watch. So why is the movie called Piercing? You’ll see! Piercing is set to release in select theaters and On Demand on February 1st.

Distributor: Universal Pictures Content Group

Run Time: 82 Minutes

Rated: R

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