Mandy

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

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In the Pacific Northwest in 1983, 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 deadly fire.

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Nicolas Cage
Red Miller
Linus Roache
Sand Jeremiah
Ned Dennehy
Brother Swan
Olwen Fouéré
Mother Marlene
Richard Brake
The Chemist
Bill Duke
Caruthers
Panos Cosmatos
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Benjamin Loeb
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  • 3d ago
    "Mandy" is a surreal mind trip of a movie. Shot in reddish-neon colors with a haunting bizarre soundtrack, it starts with logger Nicolas Cage as the most grounded and mellow he's been in years as he cuddles with his girl Mandy in a bedroom with floor-to-ceiling windows in the forest somewhere. When a skeevy cult leader lusts after and kidnaps Mandy after a random drive by, the inner "Cage" beast is released. To say this movie is bizarre is an understatement, The mood lighting, odd musical score, and half-crazed characters create an unsettling mix that provides the backdrop for a Cage when he goes completely off the rails. If you are a fan of Cage when he gets in these fits, you'll love it. If not, then skip it, although you'll miss an epic chainsaw battle for the ages.
    Mark B Super Reviewer
  • Aug 07, 2020
    Mandy was exactly what Nicolas Cage needed. He has been starring in some of the worst films in the VOD market but out of nowhere he has connected with an up and coming indie filmmaker who gives him an incredible role. Cage managed to back this up with Richard Stanley who also made a return after a very long break. Mandy is insane. There's no other way to describe this film. Nicolas Cage has been an actor I've enjoyed watching over the years and this is the first role in a long time that I have recommended to others. The film is the filmmakers, I'm not taking anything away from him, but having an invested Cage performance gives this the appeal it might've lacked with another actor. Mandy will give you something no other studio film can and this is why indie cinema is exciting and unpredictable. I hope they deliver this on 4k in the future and I'll happily check it out again. This was a pleasant surprise. 07/08/2020
    Brendan O Super Reviewer
  • Mar 26, 2020
    An avant-garde, David Lynchian film, Mandy is an incoherent mess. There's no real story, just a vague impression of a revenge tale. Nicolas Cage leads the cast (for whatever that's worth), but the real star is the cinematography, ‘cause the film just looks amazing; giving off a surreal, ethereal vibe. And the set designs are especially well-done. However, the pacing is excruciatingly slow and the storytelling is abysmal; requiring the audience to fill-in huge gaps as to how characters got from point A to point B and what they're doing and why. Mandy is a visual spectacle to be sure, but it's also incredibly boring and pointless.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 16, 2019
    It may seem odd to review an independent arthouse horror/action film from 2018 starring Nicolas Cage, but Mandy proved to be such a beautiful and bizarre experience that I have to share. Set in 1983, in what is presumably rural California, a lumberjack and his free spirit girlfriend live an idyllic life in a secluded cabin. Trouble comes in the form of a Charles Manson style hippie death cult and a crew of demonic bikers. But this description of the plot tells you nothing about how experimental and artistically striking Mandy is. Most readily apparent are the references to 80's action cinema, the glacial pacing, and the deep color saturation. Yes, there are plenty of grindhouse elements of the era on display with evil motorcyclists, chainsaw duels, cruel axes, gore, and paperback fantasy novel imagery filling out the background. But Panos Cosmatos is aiming a bit higher, as he did with his previous work Beyond the Black Rainbow, albeit in a more conventional and approachable manner here. He successfully places Mandy in that all too difficult genre to pin down – arthouse exploitation. Kubrick and Lynch are easy to identify as inspiration, but one can't help but think of Nicolas Winding Refn's Drive and The Neon Demon, especially in terms of color palette. Deep reds and blues highlight the dreamlike mood and fantasy elements, while the scratchy grains on the film itself and other analog imperfections evoke the VHS carnage of yore. Thematically, Mandy proves even more interesting. The protagonist forges a battle axe and swears vengeance in a way that would be portrayed as morally justified in lesser movies. However, this film explicitly states that he is an emissary of either Satan or a cruel, dark god. The bikers are possessed by evil forces themselves, but belong to a DIFFERENT entity. The group that Cage hunts are strongly implied to be a hippie version of a Christian gnostic mystery cult. The easy answer would be that Cosmatos is taking aim at the hypocrisy of Christianity. But the protagonist is warned that his actions are irreversible; his revenge will bring forth an apocalypse. And sure enough, with every soul taken, the sky above fills with cosmic terror. It's a different way of presenting ambiguous morality. Cage is on FIRE on this film, as not every actor can scream in his underwear, on a toilet, guzzling vodka and make it compelling. It's easily his best role in more than a decade. Andrea Riseborough is an ethereal and wounded heroine and her chemistry with Cage was considerable. This could have easily been another throw away female character and somehow she is the most memorable as the titular Mandy. And then there is Linus Roache who absolutely kills it as a would-be Charles Manson. I absolutely love the angle that he is an aging, failed folk singer who didn't quite make it out of the 60's. And that as a total fraud, he neither knows who is f**cking with, what forces he is unleashing, or the very real magical and spiritual words that come out of his mouth as part of his ill-performed sermons and ceremonies. If Cage is an authentic victim unwittingly working for the forces of evil, Roache is an inauthentic villain unwittingly working for the forces of light. If you couldn't figure it out, Mandy is worth a screening. It should be out on home video and streaming services. I'd recommend friends, intoxicants, and an open mind. In the words of YouTuber Nerdwriter1 Mandy is an excuse "to have some f***kin fun."
    Joshua S Super Reviewer

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