Heartless (2009) - Philip Ridley
Philip Ridley's Heartless is an incredibly well done Horror film that transcends the genre itself, showing that horror films can be just as intelligent and though-provoking as other genres. Heartless tells the
story of Jamie Morgan, a man who was born with a large birthmark across his
face. Jamie has disdain for his existence because of this birthmark, and he spends most of his time isolated and alone. One night Jaime discovers that demons live among humans on the streets of East London, causing chaos and violent crimes. Heartless is a film that falls under 'the less you know the better' moniker so without going too much into the plot, this film has fascinating philosophical musings on death, beauty, evil & good. It's a surprisingly profound film that is challenging and no doubt will require additional viewings just to grasp everything Philip Ridley wanted to say. From atechnical standpoint, the cinematography and art direction completely set the atmosphere of this creepy world of East London. The cast is great, especially Joseph Mawle, whom is frightening; his presence alone demands your attention. Philip Ridley is a filmmaker whose filmography is up and down but always interesting and what he has crafted with Heartless is a tense, creepy, intelligent, and beautiful experience. Heres to hoping Ridley gets back behind the camera sooner rather than later.
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