Beast

I liked the simple yet suggestive title right away. It sounded like a sci-fi or horror film but instead it’s a drama/mystery/thriller. Once I saw that, I wanted to know about this “Beast.” It could have been anything: a person, a drug, a relationship … so I coughed up the few bucks and bought the Prime stream. It was a wild ride that turned the screw of mystery all the way through. It had amazing cinematography of the European countryside and superb acting. And then, there is that mystery of “Beast” and what the hell that means. You may find everyone in the room does not agree. I love films like that.

Beast (2017)
R | 1h 47min | Crime , Drama , Mystery | 11 May 2018 (USA)
on Prime Video
A troubled woman living in an isolated community finds herself pulled between the control of her oppressive family and the allure of a secretive outsider suspected of a series of brutal murders.
Director: Michael Pearce
Writer: Michael Pearce
Stars: Johnny Flynn, Jessie Buckley, Geraldine James

Michael Pearce is our director and this is his first movie. It is the development of a concept that impresses me here. I will be looking for more technical ability and other fine concepts from this man.

This film made the rounds with numerous festivals. I heard about it on podcasts here and there that I follow. It sounded interesting but after watching it just now, I am much more impressed. It doesn’t get a 10 with me because some of the scenes are disjointed and I don’t follow the mystery with too may clues. Still, I do have a theory and getting there excited me fully. 9/10.

Published by Damien Riley

I post film reviews both written & audio. I'm a writer & podcaster, BA/MA English from Cal State Fullerton. Based in: Victorville, CA, USA My film review site is rileyonfilm.com

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