The 31 Best Films Of 2011 - No. 16
Intense has become a cliched phrase when talking about a Michael Shannon performance but I’m afraid there’s no other word to perfectly sum up this film. Shannon has a knack of making you so uneasy, so uncomfortable in his on screen presence but at the same time you take sympathy on his character and, in this film especially, you want him to come away as the good guy. The ambiguity throughout the entire film allows you decide which way you want to evaluate the condition outlined in front of you but even at the films close, nothing is really left untied. Whichever route you decided to go down, you still get the answer you were expecting at the end. It’s either this or that with no right answer, just how we as an individual perceive the extent of the character’s issues. It’s a massively thought provoking film with a haunting storyline told through some very ominous storytelling.