The Killing of a Sacred Deer: Film Review

The Killing of a Sacred Deer was top of my list to watch at the London Film Festival. There is always a risk of being let down when watching something highly-anticipated, but I was not disappointed.

Colin Farrell plays surgeon Steven, who has an odd friendship with 16-year-old Martin (Barry Keoghan), the son of a man who Steven couldn’t save on the operating table. Martin believes Steven is responsible for his father’s death and puts sort of curse on his family.

As soon as a movie is labelled a psychological thriller, I am there and ready for it, it is a genre I absolutely love. But this film was made even more irresistible by the inclusion of Farrell, who has been choosing very interesting roles of late, and Nicole Kidman, who is everywhere, but I am loving her recent output. They are both so good in this movie.

However, they are both overshadowed by Keoghan, who comes across as a sweet and innocent boy in need of a friend but is actually a psycho. One minute he looks like a regular person, but it doesn’t take much for him to switch. He makes their kids Kim (Raffey Cassidy) and Bob (Sunny Suljic) ill and forces Steven to kill one family member or they will all slowly die, and he is in control of the situation the whole time. He is evil, manipulative and twisted as hell – but he has such a sweet voice, which is really disconcerting.

The film is very dark and sometimes gruesome but that’s what I was expecting. I loved the ideas and couldn’t wait to find out how it would play out. This only falls short of a five because the end took a turn I didn’t expect and was too weird. Also, I really wanted everything explained, but it’s not, but what else can I expect from such a mysterious movie?

Originally seen as part of the BFI London Film Festival. In cinemas Friday 3rd November


  1. This absurdist arthouse film is tantalisingly ambiguous; most viewers will not be sure if they are watching a supernatural horror, a psychological thriller, or a black comedy. I loved it.

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