Mandy

Mandy

(2018)

Nicolas Cage hunts down a religious sect in this revenge thriller from the director of Beyond the Black Rainbow. Co-starring Andrea Riseborough (The Death of Stalin), the film's concept art teases an epic one-on-one chainsaw battle.... More

"Somewhere in the primal wilderness near the Shadow Mountains in the year 1983, Red Miller (Cage) has fallen deeply for the beguiling Mandy Bloom (Riseborough). But the life he has made for himself comes suddenly and horrifyingly crashing down when a vile band of ravaging idolaters and supernatural creatures penetrate his idyllic paradise with vicious fury. A broken man, Red now lives for one thing only — to hunt down these maniacal villains and exact swift vengeance." (Sundance Film Festival)Hide

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You have never seen anything like it. There's films and than there's experiences.


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I'm a lumberjack and I'm Okay. Until the night some drug-crazed biker, hippy, Jesus-freaks showed up at my cabin in the woods and killed my woman.

Nicolas Cage transforms from a mild-mannered lumberjack living blissfully with Mandy, a new age artist/shopkeeper, into raging homicidal maniac on a revenge rampage in a self-indulgent visual orgy of 1970's and 80's imagery to an incessant soundtrack of foghorn and bass guitar. This film certainly qualifies for the Incredibly Strange section of the... More NZIFF.

Mandy is not without humour. The chainsaw duel with its nod to India Jones is my favourite set piece in the film.Hide


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The Press Reviews

  • Mandy might not be everyone's idea of a satisfying nightcap, but this surrealistic revenge flick will likely earn a loyal following of its own. Full Review

  • Cosmatos' ability to putus in Red's head - overwhelmed at first with pain and fury, then saturated by the strange drugs he for some reason feels compelled to try - make this much more than the usual exercise in vicarious bloodshed. Full Review

  • [Nicholas Cage] works precisely because there is a great actor underneath it all and because he does tap into something so ferocious that other people wouldn't dare to touch. Full Review

  • Anyone with a taste for Nicolas Cage in full gonzo mode should get some fun out of its fever-dream progress. Full Review

  • As if its sole goal was to take the heavyweight title of Nicolas Cage's Craziest Movie Ever, "Mandy" exhibits what Shakespeare called "vaulting ambition" in producing the nuttiest ways for Cage to get into one phantasmagorical showdown after the next. Full Review

  • Mandy may feel like a cult movie that assumes it already has a prefab cult...as a star vehicle, however, this film is fully scraping at the door. Full Review

  • Cosmatos needs you to be charitable toward his performances. Or, barring that, he needs you to be stoned. Many will oblige. Full Review