Red Miller (Nicolas Cage) lives a peaceful and secluded life in the Shadow Mountains with his girlfriend Mandy (Andrea Riseborough). But this is suddenly over one day when Jeremiah Sand (Linus Roache) sees the pretty woman. Driven by his desires and a divine sense of mission, the sect leader abducts the couple in the expectation of making Mandy compliant. When he fails and is also mocked, he doesn’t hesitate and kills her – in front of Red’s eyes. Furious with rage, he sets out the next day to take revenge for his loss and punish Jeremiah and his clan.
In recent years, the once so celebrated Nicolas Cage has become known to be the stair joke in film history. A harlequin who always chooses the worst roles in order to pay his astronomically high debts and to be able to indulge his tendency to overacting undisturbed. If a movie is bad and meaningless, let’s at least make something special out of it! That worked sometimes, the rampant mimic extravagances highlighted one or the other work that otherwise would have been a complete waste of time.
The assumption that Mandy was just another cheaply cobbled together trash, which of course was obvious. Especially with a story like this: a man goes on a revenge tour after his girlfriend has been killed. This is so standard in the B-movie sector that there is no longer even a script credit for it. And even if the film was acclaimed at the premiere at the Sundance Festival, as well as at the many other film festivals where it was a guest: it was certainly not because of the content. Because the scheme varies only minimally through drug elements and religious motives.
The Italian director and co-author Panos Cosmatos, who is only making his second film eight years after his debut Beyond the Black Rainbow, shows his class in other ways. He not only adopts the eccentric demeanor of Cage, he builds a stage around it that is almost tailor-made for the Oscar winner (Leaving Las Vegas) works. Because the madness that he shows again and again in his appearances merges with that of his opponents, and also incorporates the surrounding elements. The Shadow Mountains, they’re not just a filthy backwoods patch where so many inhuman horror crimes are committed. You are a mystical place where it is not entirely clear whether it is part of this world. Whether anything is real at all that is happening here.
From the beginning, Mandy is clearly more surreal than such vengeance streaks are usually. The drugs that we will talk about later began to work long before we even knew what was going on. Or maybe we’ll never know, because the nightmare doesn’t care much about who can follow it. He’s counting on people to do it too. The chances are good, given certain preferences. For example, they can consist of wanting to test the resilience of human bodies when they are mutilated, burned, or sometimes just explode. It takes a while, however, before the film actually hits hard and leads to a similar infernal slaughter as Baskin becomes.
But even before that, the retro-heavy Mandy shows hypnotic qualities that captivate you to the canvas or the screen. Accompanied by a thumping heavy metal trance by the exceptional Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson (Arrival, Sicario) we descend level by level in a nightmare of barely identifiable noises, strange colors and bizarre images that even the scraps of words between language and scream cannot tear apart. From which there is no escape unless you accidentally sit on the remote control. Seldom has the madness been audiovisually artfully staged than here, a feverish rush of blood that has an effect even longer afterwards, even if – or because – you don’t know what exactly has just happened.
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