Conclusion: I have mixed feelings about this film. There are small parts of it that I liked - the atmosphere there is excellent and the ambiguity works rather well. But the rest of the film feels like an unusually long exercise in style that quickly frustrates.
Summary: Simon Killer was really not my thing - slight, pretentious and rather empty. If you don't share my view then you'll love the care put into this release, if you do agree with me you'll wonder how this film finds itself in such august company.
Excerpt: Writer-director Antonio Campos’ 2008 debut feature, Afterschool , was a deeply upsetting film, telling the story of an alienated boarding-school student so intimately that the viewer doesn’t immediately notice how psychologically damaged the kid is.
Excerpt: “I always saw myself as more of a lion,” says Simon (Brady Corbet) when asked about the fox pin his mother gave him as a child. One could argue that the symbolism here is a little on the nose, but by this point in Simon Killer it's as clear a vision of the main character as we've gotten, and even...
Excerpt: Maybe the problem is the title. Simon Killer is a picture that leaves moviegoers adrift for longer than most will tolerate, telling its story with a style and pace that could most kindly be called deliberate.
Summary: Antonio Campos' second feature is an unsettling broken-psyche study starring Brady Corbet as a sort of modern-day Ripley, amoral and disengaged enough from the feelings of others to become a potentially fatal liability in any relationship.