Shame – Movie Review


In New York City, Brandon’s carefully cultivated private life — which allows him to indulge his sexual addiction — is disrupted when his sister Sissy arrives unannounced for an indefinite stay.

RT Rating: Audience 80% Critic 80%

This was a very intriguing movie.

The acting in this movie was superb. Michael Fassbender’s (Hunger, Inglourious Basterds) performance was Oscar-worthy once again yet it received him no recognition from the Academy. His character, Brandon, is an unlikeable sex addict and Fassbender portrays him with seeming ease. Carey Mulligan (Never Let Me Go, An Education) shines as Fassbender’s sister with suicidal tendencies and a wayward attitude.

The turmoil faced by Brandon creates an astounding unease in the audience that grips on to you as you follow Brandon down the rabbit hole of sex, disturbance, trauma, and a whole lot more. Steve McQueen (Hunger) wrote and directed this film beautifully. Plunging deep into the mania of sex addiction and questioning the soul and sanity of those afflicted with such addictions, this movie is a psychological study of self-loathing and anguish.

Sex and nudity is a commodity easily found throughout this movie that caused an NC-17 rating in the US. Although some will say that there was an excessive amount of nudity and sex depicted through the course of the film, it also appears to be necessary. With each sexual act and each flash of nudity there is a plot function. Whether it be showing Brandon’s lack of control or his plummeting into a downward spiral, there seems to always be more depth than just showing some attractive people in all their glory.

Rating: 8/10

Although I did thoroughly enjoy this film, it definitely is not for everyone.

What did you think of the movie?