An anguished lumberjack seeks revenge.
Sure, subtlety is within Nicolas Cage’s range as an actor, but “nobody does bats--- crazy like this guy,” said Sara Stewart in the New York Post. His newest film so well suits his talents that “his whole career may well have been leading to this moment.” Cage plays a lumberjack who’s living an idyllic life in the mountains when bikers allied with an LSD-fueled hippie cult abduct his lover, throwing him into a mad quest for bloody revenge in the name of his beloved Mandy. “This is what we want—nay, what we need—from the Cage,” and he delivers like never before. The movie, a genre homage that will appeal to connoisseurs of B-movie mayhem, “may flummox anyone just looking for a few pulpy jolts,” said Noel Murray in the Los Angeles Times. Though the movie’s trippy first half does include demonic bikers, nightmarish drug trips, and scenes of torture, “it’s all slow enough to induce a fugue state.” That’s what makes Mandy so interesting, said Bilge Ebiri in VillageVoice.com. “The film’s two sides—the soft, textured reverie of its first half, and the surreal, angular savagery of its second—exist in perpetual balance; one would die without the other.” ■