I hated every brutal, nihilistic, sawing-an-arm-off-a-corpse minute. But it is also, aesthetically, one of the finest movies of this young year- atmospheric, thrilling and deeply unsettling. I imagine someone will love it. But that person is not me.
Not many first-time feature screenwriters can knock it out of the park as well as LaBeouf does in “Honey Boy”. But not many people have lived the life of Shia LaBeouf.
Like so many good children’s stories before it, “Troop Zero” doesn’t keep even one foot in reality. But it is deeply rooted in truth, and that might be even more important.
The film is light as a feather and just as insubstantial. It’s part history, part fiction and suspenseful enough to make you want to bite your fingernails.
The depictions of torture are brutal and hard to watch. The acting, with the exception of Bening, is often unexceptional. But “fiction” it is not.
It is the rare film that could fuel analysis by literature professors while spawning its own cinematic universe.