I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore: An innocent Melanie Lynskey shows that she can be a hardcore detective.

If somebody broke into your home and stole all your personal belongings, would you let the police do their job or would you do it all yourself and most likely get killed in the process? I would probably stick to the easier option if it were me, that’s because I would be too scared to face the criminals.

I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore stars Melanie Lynskey as Ruth, a middle aged depressed woman with an average job, pay and single life, who sees the world in a different way to most, seeing the harm others are causing to the planet. However, she finds a new sense of purpose when her house is burgled of her personal belongings as she tries to hunt down the criminals that done this to her. Not knowing the consequences she is putting herself under, she and Tony (Elijah Wood) find themselves dangerously out of their depth against a pack of degenerate criminals.

The plot is clever. You find yourselves mimicking Ruth’s frustrations. Easy to relate to and Melanie Lynskey is perfect for the role. You can tell that the part was made for her, it’s a character which I guess she has become accustomed to and now that a writer, Macon Blair has finally written an ingenious part for her, she showed her talents and pulled off a decent performance. Elijah Wood played a convincing crazy next door neighbour but the rest of the performances were very mediocre. The blood and gore of hands being shotgunned off made the performances more entertaining but overall, you feel like the criminals could have been better and more degenerately funny in their roles. Nevertheless, Melanie Lynskey and Elijah Woods partnership is something you would usually put together but they work so well. The comedy and jokes were hit and miss but most dark humour is. Very unpredictable about what would happen next and that’s what Macon Blair’s genius mind has created.

In my honest opinion, I can’t say I REALLY enjoyed this film. It’s a good watch and I would definitely recommend it if you are into indie films and like watching something completely different. However, it just didn’t tickle my viewing buds. Netflix is producing and promoting the indie and alternative genre which is something I am all for. Maybe, you reading this, may have a different opinion of the film. Even when I watched the trailer for the movie, it’s not something I was utterly fascinated by but I still watched and my critical opinion has now been spoken. I liked it but wasn’t a massive fan. Simples.


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