Film #212: FEAR X
3 out of 5 stars
Nicolas Winding Refn (VALHALLA RISING, PUSHER Trilogy) tries his hand at the psychological mystery yielding a varied results. The first 2/3 of this tale of a man trying to solve his wife’s murder ratchets up the sense of dread and mystery with John Turturro doing a terrific job of imparting his character’s sense of loss. The setting (Wisconsin) makes for a very other-worldly stage and the supporting cast are all solid. Sadly, the last 1/3 of the film gets bogged down in an almost Lynchian confuse-a-thon with narrative lines being established and then whisked off the table unceremoniously. That all said though… Refn is a master at imagery and FEAR X is a fine example of that. The film is a little slow, but enjoyable (even with that wonky third act). Flawed, but recommended.