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You Were Never Really Here (2017)

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A traumatized veteran, unafraid of violence, tracks down missing girls for a living. When a job spins out of control, Joe's nightmares overtake him as a conspiracy is uncovered leading to what may be his death trip or his awakening.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Joe
... Young Joe
Larry Canady ... Cincinatti Cab Driver
... Moises
Neo Randall ... Moises's Friend
... Joe's Mother
... Angel
... John McCleary
Edward Latham ... Drug Dealer
... Senator Albert Votto
... Staring Girl
Denis Ozer ... Afghan Boy
Tia-Sophia Bush ... Afghan Girl
Lucy Lan Lao ... Dead Girl
Annie Mac-Yang ... Dead Girl
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Storyline

Balancing between feverish dreamlike hallucinations of a tormented past and a grim disoriented reality, the grizzled Joe--a traumatised Gulf War veteran and now an unflinching hired gun who lives with his frail elderly mother--has just finished yet another successful job. With an infernal reputation of being a brutal man of results, the specialised in recovering missing teens enforcer will embark on a blood-drenched rescue mission, when Nina, the innocent 13-year-old daughter of an ambitious New York senator, never returns home. But amidst half-baked leads and a desperate desire to shake off his shoulders the heavy burden of a personal hell, Joe's frenzied plummet into the depths of Tartarus is inevitable, and every step Joe takes to flee the pain, brings him closer to the horrors of insanity. In the end, what is real, and what is a dream? Can there be a new chapter in Joe's life when he keeps running around in circles? Written by Nick Riganas

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R for strong violence, disturbing and grisly images, language, and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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6 April 2018 (USA)  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$132,829, 8 April 2018, Limited Release

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$2,523,610, 10 June 2018
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Received a seven-minute standing ovation at its Cannes Film Festival premiere, on May 27, 2017. Lynne Ramsay won the award for Best Screenplay and Joaquin Phoenix won for Best Actor. See more »

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Joe: [To the father of a missing girl, referring to a lead as to where she might be ] If she's there, I'll get her back.
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References Psycho (1960) See more »

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Wake Me
Written by Larry Canady
Performed by Larry Canady
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Overrated and Boring
19 April 2018 | by See all my reviews

Sometimes it is difficult to understand and believe in the IMDb User Rating. The disappointing "You Were Never Really Here" is one example of an overrated film. Professional critics are opinion makers that serve as models to viewers that follow like sheep their opinions. This attitude might explain the IMDB User Rating.

With regard to "You Were Never Really Here", the storyline is confused; the lead character is poorly developed; the screenplay is awful; the pace is boring. Therefore, it is hard to accept the 7.1 rating. My vote is three.

Title (Brazil): "You Were Never Really Here"


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