Michaël R. Roskam
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About the Movie
Bullhead is a harrowing tale of revenge, redemption and fate. Domineering cattle farmer Jacky Vanmarsenille (Matthias Schoenaerts in a ferocious breakout performance), constantly pumped on steroids and hormones, initiates a shady deal with a notorious mafioso meat trader. When an investigating federal agent is assassinated and a woman from his traumatic past resurfaces, Jacky must confront his demons and face the far-reaching consequences of his decisions. Acclaimed at festivals worldwide including the Berlin Film Festival, AFI Fest and Fantastic Fest, the award-winning Bullhead is visceral saga bursting with rage that TwitchFilm calls “a tremendous accomplishment...one of the most original crime films in recent memory.”
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 70
- Fresh: 60
- Rotten: 10
- Average Rating: 7.0/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: Part character study, part crime thriller, "Bullhead" is the impressive but deeply flawed first feature written and directed by Michael R. Roskam.
Fresh: Starts out like a thriller and turns into a disturbing tragedy in an unlikely and unexpected key.
Fresh: A GoodFellas set among the hormone mafia may not sound like a great movie, but Roskam subtly steers it toward intense and agonizing character study, with the bovine-supplement angle raising the stakes and dredging up the past.
Fresh: Some of the dialogue is overloaded, but the formidable cinematography, by Nicolas Karakatsanis, envelops us in an ever-darkening world.
Are We As People- Running Out Of Stories To Tell?
Ok- its foreign. It's Dutch. (It's Not Dragon Tatoo) not by half- Cows? Steroids? Eating a slab of Steak- Dark, Rainy, Mob guy Whacks another whacked-out Mob Guy... By Hinting and making audiences stare at these 'pavlovian' themes- we automatically say How creative-? How different-? And it's just Not good... No positive take- Nothing toward betterment, dreary, uneducated, harping on man's worst traits- down-spiraling in tone- The Critics say "a Moving Experience"... Yeh, downward- it's like, pop this movie on anytime you want to become depressed- digital depression with the added benefit of watching self-destructive decisions and the dumbing down of mankind... Waiting for this trend/genre of movie making to quickly pass. Waste of $6.
It was a dark movie but the storyline was interesting enough that it made up for vibe. I like mafia movies and this was a unique view into the Belgium underworld. Matthias did a great job with the character, I really had a emotional response to ending.
A favorite amongst favorites
Original, dark, visceral, emotional, and enduring. This movie keeps pulling me back for another watch time after time. This is a dark movie with a very steady rhythm. The characters are very well developed and you can relate to their secrets, fears, desires, and regrets. There is a lot of depth to each individual and why they have become the person they are. The aesthetic is beautiful and you get a real sense of despair and gloom from the cinematography. The story is very original and feels natural and believable. You really could see everything happening in real life. The blend of violence and story is perfect and nothing feels overdone. All in all, a great movie and a favorite of many favorites!
- Genre: Drama
- Released: 2011
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