I Don’t Feel At Home In This World Anymore

The title suggests quirkiness, as well as a certain degree of awkward indie cred, but this release does have the power of Netflix behind it (the platform is shaping up to be the Miramax of modern times). Writer and director Macon Blair takes a leaf out of frequent collaborator Jeremy Saulnier’s book here – his debut feature film incorporates a light-hearted but occasionally violent narrative about a mild-mannered, wronged woman (Melanie Lynskey) who gets little-to-no help from a disinterested local police force after her home is invaded and she is robbed, and subsequently decides to take matters into her own hands with the help of an oddball neighbour. There’s a sense of escalating danger and brutality that works quite well, and the first fifteen minutes is rather promising, as Blair sarcastically details the awfulness of selfish human beings. Sadly the laughs run out and the film suffers as a result, resorting to brief episodes of violence that unfortunately bring to mind better work, such as Saulnier’s last two films and early Tarantino. But on balance worth a watch. (***)