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Marketed as a Horror Drama, I would argue that this film has many more thriller elements than Drama. Men starts out with an extremely creative take on introducing us to the soundtrack; incorporating the song into the environment in several different ways throughout each of the establishing shots to get us accustomed to the main premise of the film.
The director, Alex Garland, who’s previous work included Ex Machina and 28 Days Later, immediately instills a sense of comfort into the audience, a sort of calm before the storm. While a very memorable and eerie score is present throughout the film, the loudest tool he uses to make us uneasy is the use of pure silence. No gimmicky tricks to make our hearts beat rapidly on queue are present in this film. Unadulterated silence is the driving force, and proves to be overwhelmingly effective.
Mostly shot in the Forest of Dean located in Gloucestershire, England, the natural landscape used in the film was absolutely breathtaking. The director lured us in with a sense of wonder with every passing second before getting us ready for the main event. An interesting technique that I have not quite seen elsewhere was used where most things are framed perfectly, while only one or two objects seem strangely out of place; which I believe to be a technique of filmmaking that was used intentionally to unease and unnerve the audience subconsciously.
As far as the film’s plot, I do not believe it is for everyone, even fans of horror films. Many, many scenes were particularly difficult to watch. They could make even the most iron stomachs feel queasy, or at the very least, squirm in their seats uncontrollably. The conclusion was not the easiest to understand, and gives you no real explanation for the events preceding it. While a creative film to say the least, this unexplainable ending leaves almost too much to be desired as far as a coherent idea.
***Note: I have done no outside research in an attempt to gain a better understanding of the overall meaning behind the film, which is represented by my score “5/10.” I decided it was best to write a review before giving my attention to other sources to understand it better so as to make it as genuine as possible. However, I may change this review as I see fit below in an edit if I reach a different conclusion based on those findings. ***
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