This is one of those movies that will stick with you.
The premise is a fascinating one: in this dystopian future, anyone not coupled off goes to a hotel, where they have a limited number of days to find a partner, if they don’t, they will be transformed into an animal. They also go to the woods to hunt the ‘loners’; those who have escaped this hotel and live off the land by themselves. (For every loner they bring back to the hotel an extra day is added to their stay at the hotel).
This in and of itself is an interesting take on societal standards, where we have these unrealistic ways we’re supposed to live, and the pain we put ourselves through to achieve them. So while this premise may seem absurd, including the animal part, just how absurd is it compared to our current lives?
It was a surprisingly funny movie, there were quite a few parts that had the whole theatre in hysterics. Part of it was the characters being extremely mechanical and straight forward. They were almost robotic, and the film itself felt the same way, with little excess storytelling outside the necessities.
Even with this, however, by the end the movie felt a little long and convoluted, like not every little thing that was included was necessary.
The acting was outstanding, particularly from leads Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz. There was chemistry between them, and in a movie where nobody was supposed to have any sort of emotions or feelings they made you feel for them.
There was surprisingly a cliffhanger ending, which leads even more to feeling like you won’t be able to get this movie out of your head for a long time after the credits roll.
Overall it was a compelling, interesting story, and beautifully shot.
*My biggest complaint is that the movie in no way tied itself back to this iconic plot line: