Tl;dr - This movie is solid and very good, but nothing outstanding beside Phoenix's performance. That said, what a performance it is.
This is a movie that's been made before. It's not the most unique, and it's not the best of its kind.
That said, I think it's a solid contender.
Lynne Ramsay's direction and script are both solid, if, as I said before, something I feel like I've seen before. It's a tight crime film with a damaged protagonist and a serious treatment of violence.
Because this film is completely based around one protagonist, it's fortunate that one of the best working actors in Hollywood is playing him. I think it's more likely for Joaquin Phoenix to implode in…