Mandy

Critics Consensus

Mandy's gonzo violence is fueled by a gripping performance by Nicolas Cage -- and anchored with palpable emotion conveyed between his volcanic outbursts.

91%

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Total Count: 229

66%

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User Ratings: 3,814
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Pacific Northwest. 1983 AD. Outsiders Red Miller and Mandy Bloom lead a loving and peaceful existence. When their pine-scented haven is savagely destroyed by a cult led by the sadistic Jeremiah Sand, Red is catapulted into a phantasmagoric journey filled with bloody vengeance and laced with fire.

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Cast

Linus Roache
as Jeremiah Sand
Ned Dennehy
as Brother Swan
Olwen Fouéré
as Mother Marlene
Richard Brake
as The Chemist
Bill Duke
as Caruthers
Paul Painter
as Cheddar Goblin
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  • Dec 10, 2018
    If you know anything about me and my relationship to title screens then you'll know Mandy immediately got serious style points for delaying its title card until after a full hour into the movie. Speaking of that first hour, much of its moody eeriness screams little more than weird for the sake of being weird, but for one reason or another I kind of dug it and was into the construction of this time and place writer/director Panos Cosmatos was piecing together. The second hour, for better or worse, is what you fully expect Mandy to be from the marketing material and the fact it stars a fifty-four year-old Nicolas Cage. I didn't mind it and there are certainly some fantastic looking set pieces throughout as Cage's Red Miller wields an elaborate axe/sword he's forged himself and slices down a black, leather-clad biker gang piece by piece. There isn't much left to be desired with Mandy and yet it still feels as if there is something missing. Audio throughout is a trip though. Anyway, the main takeaway is the fact you best not ruin Cage's favorite shirt. He take's that shit seriously.
    Philip P Super Reviewer
  • Nov 25, 2018
    It is incredibly refreshing to see something that looks so familiar and yet so unique, drawing from a number of inspirations from the 1980s with its astounding score and stylish retro visuals full of lens flares and psychedelic colors, like some mix of Mad Max and Hellraiser on LSD.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 14, 2018
    On the one hand the movie delivers on the heavy metal imagery and Nicolas Cage chainsaw fights it promises, on the other hand this is a strangely ponderous piece of work that is also somehow pretentious. I feel like Cosmatos could easily have shaved 30-40 minutes off this by not having every character take 5 minutes to get a single sentence out of their mouths.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Oct 03, 2018
    Was hanging out for this one. Wasn't disappointed, but not blown away either. I can appreciate that I should have watched Mandy at the movies, and I enjoyed the "gonzo" style of film-making. Still, nothing I haven't seen before many times over, and by no means a reason to get excited about Cage again. He was just being himself, I guess; and in a film that seemed tailored to his acting sensibilities. But I wouldn't get too excited about that if you're a fan of his work. Good stuff. Smoke that Weed! And don't be so violently insecure about your small dick!
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