Darren Aronofsky (2017)

18 Certificate


Our Score
Beginning life as a modest chiller, Darren Aronofsky's mystery has earned its exclamation mark by the end. Jennifer Lawrence plays a domestic goddess who wafts around her home, breathing life back into the building and stroking the ego of her older poet husband (Javier Bardem). When strangers show up, our heroine bristles. First comes Ed Harris's ailing surgeon, followed by his wife (a boozy, bitchy Michelle Pfeiffer) and sons. Events spiral, initially amusingly, then terrifyingly, until things get very ugly indeed. There's real dynamism to Aronofsky's approach, yet the shocks are empty and the commentary obvious. We're tightly aligned with Lawrence's lead but, while it's easy to feel her frustration and unease, it's hard to care about a protagonist with so little agency. Although the movie is set in a single location, the agile camerawork plunders every inch of the property, with the house opening up to make room for the unfolding nightmare. As the film cranks up the crazy, we're taken on an entertaining, albeit somewhat unsatisfying journey; even when Aronofsky doesn't have much to say at least he says it with gusto.


A couple's relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their peaceful existence. Drama, starring Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris and Michelle Pfeiffer.

Cast & Crew

Mother Jennifer Lawrence (2)
Him Javier Bardem
Man Ed Harris
Woman Michelle Pfeiffer
Oldest son Domhnall Gleeson
Younger brother Brian Gleeson
Cupbearer Jovan Adepo
Zealot Stephen McHattie
Herald Kristen Wiig
Director Darren Aronofsky
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: ParamountGuidance: ViolenceAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 15 Sep 2017