NETRAM – REVIEW

Recommended movie… with caution.

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Attention, this review contains spoilers. In 1987, at the time of the premiere of Evil Dead 2: Dead By DawnAnd Sam RaimiThe director noted his participation in a debate on English public television to defend the genre of horror films in general, as well as his approach to entertainment cinema in particular. In the discussion, Al-Rimi encountered conservative elements from the British government and National Viewers and Listeners Association. The controversy in question was the impending distribution of Evil Dead 2 in the retail circuit and video clubs, in cassette form. Bearing in mind the disgrace of the previous film, which after its runtime was not allowed to have a second life in cassette trading – joining one of the many titles deemed “bad videos”, due to its seemingly offensive content, and unethical standards And the gratuitous exploitation of violence and sexuality, and thus unworthy of showing to the general public – Evil Dead 2 suffered the same fate, if I’m not mistaken.

I’m curious that I haven’t seen this happen with film authors giving way to “serious” and “authored” film productions, as they flesh out the historical realities of atrocities and unstable individuals, with the intent of showing the uncompromising and uncompromising “personality study” of real-world madness and violence. The name was changed, the word “entertainment” changed to “author” and the bifana became a gourmet pub. The taste is the same, but the cost is higher for us.

I do not mean that nitram Not be a good movie. In fact, it is a very good movie. It’s a stunningly actor, has very good cinematography, with a very original layout, and the script is an excellent example of how to tell a story about approaching a tragic end, with an organic growth. But to experience all that is good in the movie, you have to face yourself and ask yourself if you are willing to lose all faith in humanity.

The story is simple: Nitram – inspired by the true story of Martin Bryant, the gunman who killed, between 28 and 29 April 1996, 35 people and wounded 23 others in the Port Arthur, Tasmania massacre – is a young man who lives in Port Arthur, Tasmania. His parents, without work, befriended teenagers, drunk alone and prone to sinful and destructive behavior. In short, he is a troubled boy, and we quickly realize that he has a slight disorder, perhaps a mental handicap or a slight delay. Netram is a lonely man, slammed by his cold mother at home, and shunned by anyone trying to make friends with him. When he meets Helen, a retired actress and wealthy heiress, who welcomes him into her home first as a worker, then as a friend and eventually as a housemate, Netram hopes that he will finally grow into an adult with dignity. Of course, this wouldn’t be the movie if all went well, and a tragic car accident would push Netram into a state of isolation and self-destruction, with consequences for the community around him.

The new movie from Justin kurzel Very faithful to the Martin Bryant story, with some dramatic representations and a synthesis of relationships, some characters have been eliminated and some dialogues added, but the struggles in the film are the same ones that permeated Martin Bryant’s adult life, and that contributed, if, for the atrocities he committed.

The problem for me is not necessarily what do we gain from this film, because we always have something to gain from any film, but what do we lose? From the first five minutes of the movie, I immediately knew that the movie wouldn’t have any high redemption points or moments of relief. It alternates anxiety, gloom, and frustration, one after another, as we see the tragic netram, with every attempt to integrate or participate in society, to the point of no return. of trying to contribute financially to the house by setting up a lawnmower, with a machine he doesn’t know how to use; or his attempt to befriend and impress surfer Jaime, in a sequence in which Nitram attempts to surf the Internet with humiliating results; Or his habit of wearing ridiculous and old clothes, as if that proves his imagination of being an “entrepreneur”; or his inability to simply approach a woman and have a conversation; Or his solitary travels around the world, photographed by Nitram, in which we see that he did not make friends with anyone. The whole movie is a misery, sadness and contemplation of gray days in a gray life, with a black end imminent.

There is a moment in the film, at the point where we jump into a crisis situation in the protagonist’s life, as Nitram visits his mother for dinner. This moment occurs after they both lose their father, and Netram finds himself alone, heir to a fortune, living in a dilapidated mansion, accompanied only by dogs. At this point, Nitram tries to contact his mother and explain to her that she is like everyone else who has distanced himself from him and treated him as less or less worthy of attention. This revelation culminates in the protagonist’s confession that he would like to be different. We see a man, of few intellectual capacities, with a sense of himself, who manages to define himself as an incomplete being, and agonizes over not knowing how to improve himself. His mother does not understand what he is talking about, and Netram himself admits that he does not either. It all ends with a look of special sadness and a sad smile that shows us that our hero has no hope and he knows what fate awaits him. This shows us how this movie managed to be a beautiful exercise in cinema as a personal study and a harrowing experience of torture.

Caleb Landry Jones He received many awards for his acting, including the best actor In the Cannes Film Festival 2021. It was worth it Oscar, because it’s amazing. There are no words to describe him except as sublime and a master of his art. He and the rest of the cast, from Anthony Lapaglia Like your loving father, Issie Davis Like a melancholy Helen, age more subtly than make-up, and Judy Davis In the role of Netram’s bitter and frightened mother, she is incredible. The cast is the highlight of a movie that’s already done so well. The spotlight, as a culmination of Jones’s great performance, is the moment he smokes nitram in a car with Jimmy, a surfer he’s trying to make friends with. Jimmy Netram is innocently provoked to approach a girl standing outside a bar. He teases the protagonist by repeating his name, like the kids did when he was in high school. We know, then, that this is a revival from the torment of his painful life. As Jimmy keeps repeating “Nitram, Nitram, Niiiitraaaam”, in less and less volume, and with more and more malice, we see the change of Netram’s expression. Caleb Landry Jones’ gaze terrified me and I felt like I was in the car, at that moment, about to be ripped apart by an emotional primate. It’s a moment of pure true horror, one that triumphs over us as a cinematic piece. Believe me when I tell you the movie is full of moments like this, and they end up being cinema in its purest form and with full formality. Also believe me when I tell you that this experience is not fun, and there are many moments like this throughout the movie.

I can’t help but feel moral, or Roger Ebert the third. It’s just a good movie, but what will the audience benefit from, I wonder? I recommend it with caution. Ask yourself, after watching it, how did this movie improve your life? do you enjoyed it? Were they surprised? Did they learn anything? It seems to me that the answer to these three questions will be in the negative, and I wonder what message Kurzel really wants to convey? That an unsuitable individual has no chance of salvation? This is already there in the first five minutes of the movie. The rest is just an abyss. Be careful when looking inside. You can see what Nitram found…

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