Uncut Gems. Review.

When Uncut Gems first appeared on the festival circuit I did not take that much notice of it. It wasn’t until a few months later when I found out it was the new film by the Saftie brothers that my anticipation rocketed upwards. I absolutely loved the previous white knuckle thriller Good Time starring Robert Pattinson and I was interested to see if they could bring the same kinetically intense energy to another film. This one stars Adam Sandler as a scummy New York jeweller who comes into possession of the precious stone in the title. Were they able to keep the streak going.
Definitely. The film will be far too abrasive for some audiences but but if you’re in the mood for a crushingly intense thriller directed by two people who will be masters of the genre in future you are in for a great ride. Sandler is absolutely incredible in it the central role and his performance is a textbook example of how to create a compelling character out of someone who is written to be a creepy, manipulative scumbag. The supporting cast has a couple of instances of what might be referred to as ” stunt casting” (especially Kevin Garnett and The Weekend) but they fill their role within the story very effectively. There are sequences so intense that they will make the hairs on your arms stand on end. This is complemented by an absolutely brilliant synth score score that I am immediately downloaded off Apple Music after getting out of the cinema The ending will no doubt divide some audiences but it completely floored me.
It’s been two weeks since I saw the film in a very small screening room at my local independent cinema. If it can give me one of the best cinema experience I’ve had in recent memory in that environment I can only imagine what the film is like when seen with a big crowd. The only minor criticism I have is that the plot doesn’t really get going until Sandler gets the gem of the title but that’s a very minor nitpick on what is easily the most purely thrilling film I’ve seen in a very long time. Is the film is available where you are or sounds like something you might be into when it hits Netflix internationally on 31st January I implore you to go and watch it. Your nerves will never be the same again.
9.75/10

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