Beast (2017)

Beast (2017)

Beast (2017)

In this psychological thriller, a young woman finds herself pulled between the control of her oppressive family and the allure of a mysterious outsider who empowers her to escape them. But when he comes under suspicion for a series of brutal murders, she defends him at all costs and learns what she is capable of.

2017Rating: M, Mature themes, violence, coarse language and sex scenes106 minsUK
Thriller

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Reviews & comments

Flicks, Tony Stamp

Flicks, Tony Stamp

flicks

Beast is ostensibly a serial killer movie. But much like Amy Adams’ HBO series Sharp Objects, that aspect of the story plays out in the background, allowing director Michael Pearce to hone in on his main character and find out what makes her tick.

3.0

Deep and white-knuckle from start to finish, Beast (2017) is extremely magnetic. Flawed protagonists and an eerie dreamscape haven't been as this captivating in a long while.

4.0

Unpredictable

I'm surprised a film this good has so few screenings.

4.0

Who is the Beast?

This was an interesting movie. I can usually guess the endings, I couldn't in this one. Don't worry, no spoilers. The story meandered along with glimpses into the personalities of the characters, snippets of what had happened in the past which may or may not explain behaviours in the present. It's bleak, dark and melancholy. Definitly worth a watch.

4.0

Still processing it, tbh

Beast is a beautifully shot film with an amazing performance from both its leads. It's not the 'thriller' it's made out to be (not a bad thing) – it's an intense journey through relationships with a few jumpy moments. You'll have to draw your own conclusions – when you've watched, I recommend reading through the reddit thread!

3.0

entertaining, slightly odd film

The main two protagonists are brilliant, drawing you in to their intense web. Some great supporting characters in particular the horrifically awful mother. Multiple twists and turns. I don't want to say too much about the plot in case I spoil it. Just go see it

4.0

Tense atmospheric drama

A great little thriller. A gritty love story between a troubled young girl and a mysterious island local with a secret past, set against a background of serial murder, secrets and mistrust. I enjoyed this story and was pleasantly surprised that it don't pan out the way I thought it would. Kept me guessing all the way through. A nice change from the...

4.0

Sex and Death

Not a murder mystery, and not a horror. But rather a close look at the emotional turmoil surrounding first love and leaving home... with a focus on the disconcerting emotional mess that is associated with sexuality and never really knowing your partner (or yourself).

3.0

Midsomer Murders loses the plot - SPOILERS!

Starts off well with some interesting pointers of things to come but never really delivers on any of them. Family acts a bit dark and dysfunctional - what darkness lies beneath, I wonder? None - mum's just a domineering cow. We start off liking Moll but turns out she's hiding a (not especially) dark secret that causes her to protect and later forgive a...

2.0

Cinematically beautiful and chilling

It was absolutely beautifully shot, at times combining the freedom of the ocean with the claustrophobia of drowning. The acting was great throughout the cast, so many subtleties that had you questioning, wondering, trying to figure out. A movie that keeps you wondering long after you have left the cinema and well worth the watch. While it felt like it...

4.0
Variety

Variety

press

Upgrading a sleeping-with-the-enemy premise familiar from countless B-thrillers with a faintly mythic aura and cool psychosexual shading, "Beast" also sustains a fresh, frank feminine perspective through Jessie Buckley's remarkable lead performance.

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Aided and abetted by Benjamin Kracun's alluringly sensual cinematography, Mr. Pearce has created a feverish fairy tale riven with dark horrors and forbidden desires.

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Puts an eerily windswept island location to fine use and features an excellent lead performance from Jessie Buckley, whose open, intelligent face transmits thought and feeling with piercing clarity.

4.0
Stuff

Stuff

press

The ending, when it comes, will polarise viewers, but there's no doubting that in the preceding near two-hours we've witnessed a compelling journey and a star in the making.

4.0
Screen Daily

Screen Daily

press

Jessie Buckley is a force of nature in the lead role of this sinewy psychological thriller.

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

Pearce, in his feature directing debut, proves himself a solid craftsman, with a gift for giving even derivative story elements a nerve-jangling tweak.

Little White Lies

Little White Lies

press

Grisly and gorgeous in almost equal measure.

4.0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

A strong debut from director Michael Pearce, with a gripping performance by newcomer Jessie Buckley. So much more than just another serial-killer movie.

4.0
Flicks, Tony Stamp

Flicks, Tony Stamp

flicks

Beast is ostensibly a serial killer movie. But much like Amy Adams’ HBO series Sharp Objects, that aspect of the story plays out in the background, allowing director Michael Pearce to hone in on his main character and find out what makes her tick.

3.0
Variety

Variety

press

Upgrading a sleeping-with-the-enemy premise familiar from countless B-thrillers with a faintly mythic aura and cool psychosexual shading, "Beast" also sustains a fresh, frank feminine perspective through Jessie Buckley's remarkable lead performance.

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Aided and abetted by Benjamin Kracun's alluringly sensual cinematography, Mr. Pearce has created a feverish fairy tale riven with dark horrors and forbidden desires.

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Puts an eerily windswept island location to fine use and features an excellent lead performance from Jessie Buckley, whose open, intelligent face transmits thought and feeling with piercing clarity.

4.0
Stuff

Stuff

press

The ending, when it comes, will polarise viewers, but there's no doubting that in the preceding near two-hours we've witnessed a compelling journey and a star in the making.

4.0
Screen Daily

Screen Daily

press

Jessie Buckley is a force of nature in the lead role of this sinewy psychological thriller.

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

Pearce, in his feature directing debut, proves himself a solid craftsman, with a gift for giving even derivative story elements a nerve-jangling tweak.

Little White Lies

Little White Lies

press

Grisly and gorgeous in almost equal measure.

4.0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

A strong debut from director Michael Pearce, with a gripping performance by newcomer Jessie Buckley. So much more than just another serial-killer movie.

4.0

Deep and white-knuckle from start to finish, Beast (2017) is extremely magnetic. Flawed protagonists and an eerie dreamscape haven't been as this captivating in a long while.

4.0

Unpredictable

I'm surprised a film this good has so few screenings.

4.0

Who is the Beast?

This was an interesting movie. I can usually guess the endings, I couldn't in this one. Don't worry, no spoilers. The story meandered along with glimpses into the personalities of the characters, snippets of what had happened in the past which may or may not explain behaviours in the present. It's bleak, dark and melancholy. Definitly worth a watch.

4.0

Still processing it, tbh

Beast is a beautifully shot film with an amazing performance from both its leads. It's not the 'thriller' it's made out to be (not a bad thing) – it's an intense journey through relationships with a few jumpy moments. You'll have to draw your own conclusions – when you've watched, I recommend reading through the reddit thread!

3.0

entertaining, slightly odd film

The main two protagonists are brilliant, drawing you in to their intense web. Some great supporting characters in particular the horrifically awful mother. Multiple twists and turns. I don't want to say too much about the plot in case I spoil it. Just go see it

4.0

Tense atmospheric drama

A great little thriller. A gritty love story between a troubled young girl and a mysterious island local with a secret past, set against a background of serial murder, secrets and mistrust. I enjoyed this story and was pleasantly surprised that it don't pan out the way I thought it would. Kept me guessing all the way through. A nice change from the...

4.0

Sex and Death

Not a murder mystery, and not a horror. But rather a close look at the emotional turmoil surrounding first love and leaving home... with a focus on the disconcerting emotional mess that is associated with sexuality and never really knowing your partner (or yourself).

3.0

Midsomer Murders loses the plot - SPOILERS!

Starts off well with some interesting pointers of things to come but never really delivers on any of them. Family acts a bit dark and dysfunctional - what darkness lies beneath, I wonder? None - mum's just a domineering cow. We start off liking Moll but turns out she's hiding a (not especially) dark secret that causes her to protect and later forgive a...

2.0

Cinematically beautiful and chilling

It was absolutely beautifully shot, at times combining the freedom of the ocean with the claustrophobia of drowning. The acting was great throughout the cast, so many subtleties that had you questioning, wondering, trying to figure out. A movie that keeps you wondering long after you have left the cinema and well worth the watch. While it felt like it...

4.0