We Need To Talk About Kevin
Scarier than The Omen?
By: Don Morton | Jun 27, 2012 | Issue: 953 | One Comment | 5,591 views

© UK Film Council / BBC / Independent Film Productions 2010

Title in Japan: We Need To Talk About Kevin
Director: Lynn Ramsay
Starring: John C. Reilly, Tilda Swinton
Year: 2011
Running Time: 112 min

Snippets of times past tumble around inside the deteriorating mind of the mother of a teenage sociopath in this riveting study of madness, evil and despair. Okay, so it’s no laff riot, but a sophisticated horror movie that’ s all the more horrific for its lack of supernatural rationalities. It’s not trying to be The Omen; it’s trying to be scarier. What happens here could and has happened, and this is a fascinating attempt to understand the genesis of a modern-day monster. As we piece the fragmented timeline together, we find that Eva (an astounding, anchoring Tilda Swinton) was a reluctant mother and an insincere, resentful parent. The vibe is picked up by her difficult son from colicky infancy through trying toddler to evil adolescence (played as a teen by Ezra Miller), and the boy early on makes it his life quest to make hers miserable, while appearing to be just fine to his oblivious, doting dad (John C. Riley). It’s a grim but compelling sit, but rewarding for those who go to the movies for honest emotional engagement, no matter how hard it is to watch.



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  • yossarian

    Where do I find out where this movie is playing? (Odd that you provide listings for ‘Film’ but not for ‘Movies’.)