Joaquin Phoenix stars as the bulky, bedraggled veteran contract killer, Joe, who is hired by a New York senator to find and retrieve his kidnapped daughter before exacting revenge on those responsible – think Liam Neeson’s role in the Taken films but done for money rather than for those captured. This psychological thriller is the long-awaited follow up to Lynne Ramsay’s “We Need to Talk about Kevin” and massively succeeds in its jump from Jonathan Ames’ novella to screen.
Joe is an ex-army veteran turned brutal hit man who resides in his childhood home with his elderly mother in downtown New York. The New Yorker’s troubled childhood means he is subject to depressive and often suicidal thoughts while, for work, he accepts contracts rescuing children who are sexually abused at the hands of adults. When a New York senator then offers him a contract to retrieve his kidnapped daughter from an underground sex ring, the veteran hit man can’t refuse, leading him into a world filled with more moral depravity and into conspiracy far greater than he could have previously imagined.
You Were Never Really Here – Available as of Monday 2nd of July on Sky Store.