With Ryan Reynolds, Gemma Arterton, Anna Kendrick, Jacki Weaver, Ella Smith, Stanley Townsend
Written by Michael R. Perry
Directed by Marjane Satrapi
It's cool when big studio actors also make an effort to add weight to smaller productions with their presence. Ryan Reynolds is one of those actors.
This indie flick is soaked with black humour, as Reynolds plays Jerry, a former psychiatric patient who has been reintegrated into society, working at a factory in his small hometown. Problem is, he's not taking his medication, lies to his therapist and imagines his cat and dog talking to him. The dog projects a kind hearted personality while the cat's persona is more vicious, bringing out homicidal urges in Jerry. He likes a co-worker but things get sticky, and deadly. Bloodlust escalates but Jerry tries to fight these urges as we witness his view of the world as well as reality (the talking voices expanding beyond his pets).
An interesting take on the psycho killer theme, Reynolds doing a good job of the meek, nice guy with a killer streak.
4 / B
- Paul Blom