WHAT'S IT ABOUT

After a series of paintings by an unknown artist are discovered, a supernatural force enacts revenge on those who have allowed their greed to get in the way of art.

What did we think

  1. Stew February 13, 2019

    Such a great concept on paper, such a mishmash of "stuff" in execution. A series of duelling character narratives that are sloppily weaved in and out of one another to culminate in some kinda obvious and very average climaxes if you can call them that. Gyllenhaal's arc ends in an incredibly unsatisfying manor, Rene Russo fares even worse. It's actually Malkovich's character who gets the best treatment (which may or may not have to do with the his character being a reflection of director Dan Gilroy's work on Superman Lives being sh*tcanned by Warners). You're not gonna lose much by way of cash in your pocket with this being a direct to Netflix film, but there's probably better ways to spend your time (Russian Dolls is great if you need a Netflix alternative).

  2. Anthony Sherratt February 4, 2019

    The premise is delightful – mock the pretentious art world in a satire and then change to horror-slasher mid-movie. And while the performances match the wonderful idea, the film just won’t work for most people. The shift is jarring and the lack of a sympathetic character just make it too difficult to really get into sadly. Unless of course, you’re willing to just see it as the director (Dan Gilroy) just saying “pretentious critics suck – watch me slaughter them”. If you reduce it to that, then it’s incredibly satisfying.

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