On this episode of the Really Awful Movies Podcast, The Killing of a Sacred Deer. As you may gather, from the poster/marketing creative, this one is an ART FILM. So, caveat emptor…depending on your affinity for such things, in the horror realm, you’ll either dive right in or head for the hills for much more straightforward offerings (The Hills Have Eyes, perhaps?)
Colin Farrell and Nicole Kidman star as married doctors in a loveless marriage in a spacious house that could be a cover feature in Architectural Digest. They have an odd stilted relationship (or that could be the performances) with one another, as well as with their kids.
The Farrell character, Dr. Murphy, begins to engage in furtive meetings with a young boy, Martin. What’s Martin up to, what are his motivations, what’s his deal? Well, The Killing of a Sacred Deer spends a lot of time letting the viewer consider all the options (too much, according to some).
Soon, we find out that Martin’s dad was a victim of medical malpractice, the result of Dr. Murphy knocking back a few too many whiskeys before his surgery. Martin wants answers, and he wants them now.
The rest of the film explains the hows and the whats of what take place, frequently off-putting, unsettling, silly, and illogical, yet impossible to casually dismiss outright. Sort of like the hosts of the podcast….sorta.
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