Director: Panos Cosmatos
Writer/s: Panos Cosmatos, Aaron Stewart-Ahn
Starring: Nicolas Cage, Andrea Riseborough, Linus Roache, Ned Dennehy, Richard Brake, and more.
Requested Review from Grant Schuessler!
I caught wind of “Mandy” when its trailer came across my feed on Facebook. From the start, I thought this film looked wild. I figured I would have had to seen it in due time but a few friends, and especially my requestor, Grant, pushed me to see it as soon as they saw it themselves. Lucky for me, a local theater that plays many indie films was showing it on the big screen and I eagerly went out to catch this trip of a film.
“The enchanted lives of a couple in a secluded forest are brutally shattered by a nightmarish hippie cult and their demon-biker henchmen, propelling a man into a spiraling, surreal rampage of vengeance.”
Yeah, that final bit of the summary spell this film out perfectly. A spiraling, surreal rampage of vengeance. This is a revenge film through and through and my Lord is it a wild and entertaining one. “Mandy” is a psychedelic mind-trip. I did not know what was real, what was make believe, but I loved every damn moment of it. Impressively enough, not only is this is a mindless revenge film of B-rated material in the ways of some antics within the film, it is strangely emotional on top of it. Cage has many moments where the events that spark his revenge mission were utterly heart breaking to me.
Piggybacking on that, Nicolas Cage is brilliant in “Mandy”. Yes, you read that right. Despite the B-rate moments and subtle comedy in the film, there are many times that Cage performs with excellence whether it is spoken dialogue or pure performance. This blend of psychedelic thriller and B-rated material seems to sit perfectly for Cage. I would love to see Cage back in this style.
It is a weird, drug infused, psychedelic revenge thriller. There are no other words to describe it. However, somehow in the madness, there is an odd beauty hidden in the film. My friends and I still talk about it and if you were to watch, I am sure it would be quite the conversation piece to be had with your friends.
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