The new trailer for Lynne Ramsay’s You Were Never Really Here has dropped and it features Joaquin Phoenix serving up some traumatic realness as a PTSD-ridden vet who slowly unravels as he attempts to bust a senator’s daughter out of a sex-trafficking ring.
Ramsay’s film received a positive ovation at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year, winning Best Screenplay and Best Actor for Phoenix — and the new trailer is a tease on what to expect from this thrilling drama about a military vet — who is not afraid of violence — who tracks down missing girls for a living. While doing a routine job with his trusty hammer in hand, he smashes his way to rescue a girl (Ekaterina Samsonov) only to have nightmares overtake him as a conspiracy is uncovered leading to what may be his death trip or his awakening.
As seen in the trailer above, things get wildly brutal — and I think it would be safe to say that things are not what they seem for Phoenix’s character — the actor, by the way, was getting rave reviews for his performance (hence his Best Actor award at Cannes).
Ramsay wrote and directed the film based on the book by Jonathan Ames. The film also stars Judith Roberts, John Doman, Alex Manette, Dante Pereira-Olsen, and Alessandro Nivola. You Were Never Really Here was initially eyeing a February 2018 release date but pushed the opening date to April 6, 2018.