Tilda Swinton as Eva in “We Need To Talk About Kevin”
At the core of many great horror movies is a moment where a character or a group of characters fully realize the weight of the situation they are in. They are able to step back, if only for a second, and realize the magnitude of the situation they are in. Able to take a moment and think: What have I done? What have I wrought? Am I to blame? How do I get through this? Whose hands are covered in blood? These moments add to the terror, to the horror, to the suspense of these movies.
“We Need To Talk About Kevin” is a movie based on that moment. It is perhaps one of the scariest, unsettling, and horrific movies I have seen in years, and you can’t really classify it as a horror movie.
Based on the best-selling book by Lionel Shriver, “Kevin” centers on the Khatchadourian family. A seemingly idyllic well-to-do family. The movie opens with the future matriarch of the family, Eva (Tilda Swinton), being lifted in a Christ-like fashion in a sea of blood and pulp. Only as the camera pans or do we realize that Eva is one of hundreds of people celebrating in an Italian tomato festival. A she is carried by hundreds of hand through a fresh stew a smile takes hold of her face. This is Eva in her element. This is Eva happy.
Swinton and John C. Reilly anxiously awaiting news.
From there the movie careens back and forth through Eva’s life. Her past and her present. We meet her husband Franklin, a wonderful John C. Reilly cast against type, and her kids, Celia and the titular Kevin (Ezra Miller). But early enough we sense that all is not quite right. Present day Eva is a stark contrast to her past incarnations. Her younger self is put together, hair perfectly crafted and sharp. While the Eva of today is frazzled, hair unkempt, clothes hastily adorned.