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Friday, 30 October 2015

CURE [1997]

aka Kyua

Pulse director Kiyoshi Kurosawa subtly creeps into your psyche and makes a mess of it without you even realizing it until it's too late in the chilling slow-burning thriller Cure.  
A burnt-out Tokyo police detective is investigating a gruesome series of seemingly unrelated murders where each killer has no idea recollection of the violent acts they've performed.  
It's an emotionally distant chiller that sends shivers down the spine with it's long wide-shot takes, sparse sound design and isolated photography that will most likely frustrate the average viewer looking for the usual cat-and-mouse psychopath thriller.  Normally a film so emotionally detached would be it's biggest failure but here Kurosawa makes it work to great effect that leaves an unsettling chill long after the disturbing final frame is over.  

4 excessive X's on the exes out of 5

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