Age of JOAQUIN PHOENIX: Amazon thriller 'You Were Never Really Here' unveils his savage vigilantism

Starring as Joe, an ex-FBI agent, in Amazon's 'You Were Never Really Here', the actor has redefined the approach towards hitman thrillers.

                            Age of JOAQUIN PHOENIX: Amazon thriller 'You Were Never Really Here' unveils his savage vigilantism

It seems to be the season of Joaquin Phoenix. Days after the reveal of his disturbing take on the iconic Joker, Amazon Studios announced that his movie 'You Were Never Really Here' will hit Amazon Prime Video next month.

In a Taken-meets-The Punisher kind of a set-up, a creepily disturbing Phoenix takes on the role of a vigilante - except for the fact that his brutalism and barbarian techniques have no constraints.

Starring as Joe, an ex-FBI agent, in 'You Were Never Really Here', the 43-year-old actor has not only redefined the status quo for vigilante tales but also the traditional approach towards hitman thrillers.

Phoenix's character is rogue, to say the least. He sports a grizzly silver fox look, wields a hammer for a weapon, and rescues young girls from prostitution rackets.

Everything seems regular (very Bryan Mills-esque) up until this point. But then Joe gets a high-profile case involving the State Senator's teenage daughter. What begins as a search for the missing girl soon turns into a witchhunt of sorts, with the government involved and a deeper conspiracy unveiled.


"Joe's nightmares overtake him as a conspiracy is uncovered leading to what may be his death trip or his awakening," teased the official synopsis. 


Written and directed by Scottish filmmaker Lynne Ramsay and based on the books by Jonathan Ames, 'You Were Never Really Here' boasts an absolutely star-studded cast including the likes of Judith Roberts, Ekaterina Samsonov, John Doman, Alex Manette, Dante Pereira-Olsen, and Alessandro Nivola alongside Phoenix. 

Rated "R", the thriller hits Amazon Prime Video on October 26. 

While the Amazon thriller is set to grab eyeballs when it streams, it is an exciting time for fans of this extraordinary Hollywood icon. Whether as Johnny Cash in the 2005 biopic 'Walk the Line' or in the shoes of Commodus in the historical film 'Gladiator' (an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor), or with his performance as sex-obsessed alcoholic World War II veteran Freddie Quell in 'The Master', Phoenix has always pushed the envelope when it comes to delivering an out-of-the-box performance. 

His methods are not by the book and usually, his portrayals leave a delightfully disturbing aftertaste - something that many fans are looking forward to when Phoenix takes on the iconic role of the Joker in Todd Phillips' upcoming DC movie. 

Executive produced by Martin Scorsese, the film is supposed to be a very different take on the story of the clown prince of crime, like "an exploration of a man disregarded by society [that] is not only a gritty character study, but also a broader cautionary tale."

And the varied take is already evident in the first look image that was recently unveiled, revealing a more humane Joker (aka Arthur) sans his make-up and extravaganza that comic book fans have grown accustomed to.


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