Wednesday, March 5, 2014

All God's Creatures (2011)

When not working as a barista at the local coffee shop, Jon spends his free time methodically planning how he'll kill his next victim.  He's got serious issues with women and enjoys strangling women he picks up at bars and hookers.  In his apartment, there is a trophy room where he keeps souvenirs from each kill, including a collection of hands in jars.

In another story soon to collide with our first story arc, Delia moves out of her stepfathers house vowing to come back for her underage sister after finding an apartment and job.  But there's not much work for a high school drop out with no resume, so Delia resorts to answering ads on Craigslist placed by lonely men looking for fun.

Originally I thought Delia said she was 18, but when her sister wants to run away I thought I heard Delia say she was 25.  I'm not sure which is correct, but if she's 25, then it's pretty odd that she's living at home and doesn't have a resume.  The actresses playing Delia and Lydia are too old to be playing teenagers so the whole thing is confusing.

I almost stopped watching this. Delia's annoying and Jon's a psycho. Both are doing things that are disturbing and the film is filled with cliches that you can see coming a mile away.  But at a certain point, I did become curious about how the relationship between Delia and Jon would progress.

Delia's got issues with men due to her abusive step dad, as well as the desperation for money causing her to resort to prostitution.  She's definitely a little off, but is she as deranged as Jon?  Jon daydreamed about killing her when they first met, and even when killing other women. Can he resist his compulsion?  Will their relationship develop into one of those dysfunctional, us against the world mentalities, or are they so damaged that they can't trust each anyone?

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