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(Spoilers) Film review for The House that Jack built uncut

(Spoilers) Film review for The House that Jack built uncut

I got the chance to see the uncut version of The House that Jack built. Nothing was going to stop me. My Alamo Drafthouse was sold out, luckily, I was able to find an art theater in an almost abandoned mall. Afterwards it was surreal walking out as the mall was closed almost like a lucid dream from what I just saw. So, get to it, right? Tell us what you say! Review the movie! It was a one-time screening and honestly FOR GOOD REASON. The movie is very brutal, humorous, artistic, nihilistic and over all dare I say a work of art? So, sit back and relax and just know in a very rare instance I will actually post spoilers about the film including what deaths to expect. The rated R version will premiere Dec 14th. So, think of this as a guide on what to expect, how much to expect and what may be cut. Now the film is under scrutiny with the map based on the uncut version being released early that could generally confuse the crowd thinking they were going to see the rated r version. However, the audience in attendance KNEW exactly what to expect. So, if you’re still curious still wanting to know let’s break down THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT. As stated, I WILL BE POSTING SPOILERS SO FINAL WARNING. The film did have intros by Matt Dillon and Lars von Tier thanking the audience for attending and knowing that they’ll be seeing the UNCUT version. As the film opens, we see Matt Dillion driving down the road seeing Uma Thurman stranded needing help, the two begin to talk where Uma becomes persistent of needing help not so much begging for help, but making as if it HE HAS TO DO IT. This does continue throughout the opening scene where we begin to be annoyed by her as she picks on Matt profiling him as a serial killer (which he is) After a while he snaps using the car jack to cave in Uma’s face which they do show. This is probably the only time in the film where we don’t feel so bad and actually understand why he did it. We cut away to dark screens where there’s voice overs of Jack speaking to somebody only known as Verge played by Bruno Ganz this happens throughout the movie which will make sense in the end. Jack speaks about the 5 random incidents in his life that stands out the most of his “art” that he’ll refer to now and then throughout the movie. Him killing Uma was the first incident, the second is where we see him early in his life learning to kill, learning to get rid of evidence and feel nervous riddled with OCD. He confronts a widow posing as a cop who later reveals he’s an insurance agent in order to get into her house, tries to kill the older woman only to fail where he tries and tries again.  We’re treated to a display of his ocd where he gets away with the murder, but he just can’t be happy assuming he left blood stains all around. Now being choke doesn’t sound vicious, but he drags the body with his van in order to escape the police who come in reporting a break in. When he gets back to his meat freezer, he purchased previously we see the woman’s hollowed skull like it was a watermelon display set. Perhaps the most cringe worthy scene that I can made 100 people leave the screening at Cannes is his 3rd incident where he talks about, he had a family at one time. It was his, but he was on a date with a woman and her two children. He takes the family hunting explaining the guns and the targets as well as the trophy displays hunters would boast about. We get a glimpse of him as a boy expressing how he would hide in the corn fields hearing the farmers using their scythe that put him at ease. During this flashback he cuts off a baby duck’s leg and throws it back into the water. There’s no cuts, edits or even CGI it looks like the real thing. As we go back to his picnic date, he’s begun hunting the family He goes for the children first shooting one child in the vital organs and shooting his leg off. He shoots the child’s brother point blank in the head. The mother cries as he sets up a picnic forcing her to feed food to her dead children who are positioned as scarecrows, he eventually kills the mother after asking her what’s her favorite number to which she replies 12. The number is then used as a countdown. Jack goes on to discuss that he’s always wanted to be an architect but was never given the chance due to his mother who felt it wouldn’t pay off. He works as an engineer and throughout the film explains his actions as art arguing with Verge about the differences and his actions are right. Verge listens but draws the line at child’s death as if I heard it all but I still don’t care to hear these parts and can’t acknowledge anything like this as art. Which keep in mind this is a drama art film with heavy horror elements. Most of the time we are treated to philosophy, music and the sanity of Jack who ideally just wants to build a home but can’t get the idea of his dream home down. It’s murder and torture that lines the foundation of his new “home” that makes him feel at ease, cures his ocd and engulfs him to where he’s a confident sociopath with the ability to manipulate those around him, even then his friends are loners and people who aren’t very social. The film is well done with excerpts of the mindset of Lars Von Tier who has repeatedly certain taboo and controversial topics. Yet, this review isn’t to bash Lars it’s simply to showcase the film that I saw. He does speak of falling in love once, but it ends in murder where he explains nobody cares and nobody wants to help a person. The end result is Jack slicing off a woman’s breasts which once again no edit no cut away the scene takes place right there. The final incident was just him experimenting on shooting a full metal jacket bullet in the heads of a group of men lined up. Jack has bought the wrong bullet and must correct his mistake where we see the crumbling of him with the ocd coming back. We don’t see the execution with the bullet which is kind of a shame but at this point with the meeting of Verge we realize he wasn’t going to make out of this alive and it could be either his confessions to a priest as he approaches death row or Virgil is simply the embodiment of Death. Answer: The latter. Jack is caught by a friend who tries to reason with him but is brutally stabbed in the mouth with a bowie knife. What are seconds feels like minutes watching him raise his mouth as the knife goes deeper into his skull. The police find what’s going on and hunt Jack down. As the police try to break down the freezer doors Jack decides to go out and build his home from what Verge explains this is how Engineers work. They work with what they have. He ties up the bodies using wire and hooks. The house is creepy since he’s been keeping the bodies frozen (also there is a taxidermy scene with one of the children he kills to always be smiling) Which you will see quite a bit in the film. Verge takes him down a hole inside his house where we figure that he’ll be taken to freedom, but as the epilogue continues, we are treated to the previous conversations we heard in the dark. Verge is death and he’s taking to final destination. Heaven or hell which is by a broken bridge. The bottom is just lava with a screeching metal noise. Verge explains many people have tried to cross the other side but never make it. Jack feels he has a chance and tries only to fall to his death. So that’s the movie an art film with graphic violence, some soul and blues music, dark humor or perhaps the crowd was laughing nervously or just have a twisted sense of humor. I may never know. With this showing nobody walked out but who knows on the other screenings. Should you see this movie? Yes, keep it mind it is an art film but the gore, storyline and acting will keep you interested. I have to say despite Lar’s character he went out and made a great film about raw emotions that escalate to murder to ease the jangled nerves of a man who has to find an outlet. The movie makes American Pyscho (2000) look like a cartoon.




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