By George Wolf
If you’re in the market for a creepy guy, I suggest Brady Corbet.
He gets his meatiest role to date in Simon Killer, a film he also co-wrote. Corbet shines as the title character, a recent college graduate who takes off for Paris after a mysteriously nasty break-up.
Struggling to fit in, he strikes an uneasy relationship with a local prostitute, and soon hatches a plan to make them both big money by blackmailing her clients.
Director Antonio Campos sets the film up as a possible thriller, then slowly draws you into what becomes a character study of a manipulative sociopath. While some may wonder what the point is, there is a hypnotic nature to the film that keeps you interested in Simon, and what he is capable of.
Corbet skillfully creates a character that’s easy to hate, yet impossible to ignore, while Campos, obviously influenced by director Gaspar Noe, utilizes pulsing rhythms and disorienting visuals to craft his dark world.
Pretentious in spots but ultimately fascinating, Simon Killer is a creepy keeper.