When it comes to suspenseful crime thrillers, there's no shortage of them in Hollywood. We've seen some of the best rise in the hall of greats (Se7en, Zodiac, No Country for Old Men) and some of the less fortunate sink into obscurity. With the world currently at a standstill due to the global pandemic, we've seen very few films of merit actually release this year or make their way to streaming platforms. Recently, Netflix released The Devil All The Time, a crime thriller that looked like it was also aiming for the hall of greats. With a packed, talented cast and a promising premise, this was shaping up to be something special, right?
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The Devil All The Time takes place in mid 20th century West Virginia, sandwiched between World War II and the impending Vietnam war. It chronicles two generations of family: a father struggling with his faith in God, and a son who witnesses something traumatizing as a kid that leads him on a path of vengeance and madness. While this is the centerfold of the narrative, there are other events happening around it as well: a cop dealing with waist-high corruption; a preacher at a local church harbouring dark secrets; and a Bonnie and Clyde-like pair of killers on a killing spree across mid-America.
The Devil All The Time throws a lot at you initially and for a vast majority of the film, none of these sub-plots and stories make sense until the very end when they all converge. Therein lies the brilliance of the film. Much like how Paul Thomas Anderson's movies (like Boogie Nights and Magnolia) feature multiple disjointed characters that all serve a purpose, The Devil All The Time tries its best to bring everything crashing down on the viewer in the last 30 minutes, leading to a harrowing and very intense finale that was both thrilling and maddening all at once.
You get the sense that, much like No Country for Old Men, this is a location displaced from the rest of America...
It's dark, bleak, and void of any sense of humour - which may not always provide the most comfortable or enjoyable viewing experience.
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16 September 2020
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