Dr. Steven Murphy (Colin Farrell) is a renowned cardiovascular surgeon presiding over a spotless household with his ophthalmologist wife, Anna (Nicole Kidman), and their two exemplary children, 12-year-old Bob (Sunny Suljic) and 14-year-old Kim ( Raffey Cassidy). Lurking at the margins of Steven’s suburban existence is Martin (Barry Keoghan), a fatherless teen he has covertly taken under his wing. As Martin begins insinuating himself into the family’s life in ever-more unsettling displays, the full scope of his intent becomes menacingly clear when he confronts Steven with a long-forgotten transgression that will shatter the Murphy Family’s domestic bliss.
Directed By: Yorgos Lanthimos
Written By: Yorgos Lanthimos & Efthymis Filippou
Starring: Barry G. Bernson ( Dr. Larry Banks), Herb Caillouet ( Ed Thompson (Hospital Director), Bill Camp (Mathew Williams), Raffey Cassidy (Kim Murphy), Denise Dal Vera (Mary Williams), Colin Farrell (Steven Murphy), Barry Keoghan (Martin), Nicole Kidman (Anna Murphy), Alicia Silverstone (Martin’s Mother), and more.
Genre: Drama, Horror, & Mystery
Runtime: Approx. 121 minutes
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC (34.67 Mbps)
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Subtitles: English SDH & Spanish
An Impossible Conundrum
I give The Killing of a Sacred Deer Blu-ray a B.
My first thought while watching this blu-ray was that it is something out of The Twilight Zone or Stepford Wives. Everything seems perfect but in some ways, something strange was lurking in the shadows and something was very off.
Dr. Steven Murphy (played by Colin Farrell) lives the model life with a beautiful house and family. His life seemed very mundane to me. It also seems as if Murphy is very rigid and didn’t like too much human contact (as you will see when you watch the film). Then enters Martin (played by Barry Keoghan). Murphy is somewhat of a father figure to the boy and introduces him to his wife, Anna and his two children, Bob and Kim. Things go array when Martin’s Mom (played by Alicia Silverstone) starts hitting on him. When Murphy starts ignoring Martin that is when his children start to get sick. The solution to ending this sickness? Kill a member of his family.
What I thought was pretty cool was it seemed as if Martin could turn the sickness off and on as if he was controlling it with a switch. I loved the fact that someone so unsuspecting could turn and do something horrifying as Martin did. I also loved how they showed Steven Murphy’s mental state as the film progressed. It just shows you what lengths someone would go to in order to protect their family.
Catch The Killing of a Sacred Deer out on Blu-ray & Digital HD January 23, 2018.