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Mandy (2018)

Directed by:
Panos Cosmatos

COUNTRY
Belgium/USA

Genre
Horror/Action

NORWEGIAN TITLE
Mandy

RUNNING TIME
121 minutes

Produced by:
Daniel Noah
Josh C. Waller
Elijah Wood
Adrian Politowski
Martin Metz
Nate Bolotin

Written by:
Panos Cosmatos
Aaron Stewart-Ahn


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Red Miller Nicolas Cage
Mandy Bloom Andreas Riseborough ½
Jeremiah Sand Linus Roache ½
Caruther Bill Duke -
The Chemist Richard Brake -
Brother Swan Ned Dennedy -
Mother Marlene Olwen Fouéré -

 

Review

Fusing aesthetics inspired by George Miller, Dario Argento, and Sam Raimi (to name a few) with a storyline that explores what would happen if the Manson Family had encountered a 1980s B-movie action hero, this arthouse horror flick seems to want to define machismo for the millennial emos. When Nicolas Cage exacts his revenge accompanied by evocative music and soaked in director Panos Cosmatos' constantly looming red colour palette, he does it in a teary-eyed frenzy, far from Charlie Bronson's stoisism. The problem is just that the film's broad array of ostensible emotions, allusions and references are so obviously gimmicky – concocted and put together for the sake of attention. You feel nothing, because Cosmatos doesn't root his story, his characters and his images in anything but legends and hyperbole. And the visuals, though impressive and ominous at times, cannot carry the film in and of themselves. Mandy works best when at its most overtly self-referencing and comedic, such as in that final scene in the car. British actor Linus Roache seems to be enjoying himself in his role as Jeremiah Sand, an obvious nod to Charles Manson.

Copyright © 15.08.2022 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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