Rent The Master (2012)

3.1 of 5 from 367 ratings
2h 12min
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Synopsis:
Haunted by his past, WWII veteran and drifter Freddie Quell crosses paths with a mysterious movement called The Cause, led by Lancaster Dodd aka The Master and his wife Peggy. Their twisted relationship is the core of this film. Awarded Best Actor for both Philip Seymour Hoffman and Joaquin Phoenix and Best Director for Paul Thomas Anderson at the 2012 Venice Film Festival. Stunningly photographed in 65mm, The Master stands as an undeniable cinematic experience. Will Freddie be able to outrun his past? Will The Cause help or hurt him? Can this tortured, violent creature be civilized? Or is man, after all, just a dirty animal?
Actors:
, , , , , Sarah Shoshana David, Bruce Goodchild, Matt Hering, Dan Anderson, , , Patrick Wilder, , Jay Laurence, Abraxas Adams, Tina Bruna, Kevin Hudnell, Hunter Craig, Ryder Craig, Rodion Salnikov
Directors:
Producers:
Paul Thomas Anderson, Megan Ellison, Daniel Lupi, JoAnne Sellar
Voiced By:
William O'Brien, Melora Walters
Writers:
Paul Thomas Anderson
Others:
Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix, Paul Thomas Anderson
Studio:
Entertainment In Video
Genres:
Drama
Awards:

2012 Venice Film Festival Best Director

2012 Venice Film Festival Best Actor

BBFC:
Release Date:
11/03/2013
Run Time:
132 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
BBFC:
Release Date:
11/03/2013
Run Time:
137 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English, English Hard of Hearing
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Back Beyond: Outtakes, Additional Scenes, Music by Jonny Greenwood (20 mins)
  • Unguided Message: 8 Minute Short / Behind The Scenes
  • Let There Be Light (1946): John Huston's landmark documentary about WWII veterans (58 mins)
  • Teasers / Trailers

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Reviews (5) of The Master

One for the grownups - The Master review by Sortilege

Spoiler Alert
03/04/2014

Having lately sat through a series of thrillers and the occasional rom-com that were essentially made for children, or at least teens, it was good to encounter a film made with adults in mind.

Everything is unsettling about this film, from the semi-classical score to many of the camera angles that look up from the floor, placing the viewer in the position of a lowly acolyte in Philip Seymour Hoffman's cult. There's a ravishing shot of a lighted pleasure boat steaming under what might be the Golden Gate Bridge into the last of a sunset, but otherwise the camera work is fairly static.

The two leads are terrific. Phoenix holds himself like a gorilla that's learning to be a man, his arms stiff and his shoulders forward- (I bet they had a chiropractor on the set), and Hoffman morphs from genial father figure to snarling tyrant in nano seconds. Phoenix sometimes sounds like Brando, while Hoffman seems to be channelling Orson Welles, but there's nothing wrong with that. There are a couple of other nods to Citizen Kane, when the Hoffman character addresses his faithful, and later when Phoenix visits him in the English school he sets up.

I disliked There will be Blood intensely, finding it pretentious and shallow, but I loved Magnolia, so for me, this is a return to form for P.T.Anderson. Like most artists and fine craftspeople, he doesn't churn 'em out, so I'll have to wait patiently, but eagerly, for his next film

5 out of 5 members found this review helpful.

Different and brilliant - The Master review by PT

Spoiler Alert
04/08/2014

OK this is not going to be everybody's cup of tea I appreciate. Having said that I thought it was phenomenal, so glad I seen it. The acting by the 3 leads, namely, Joaquin Phoenix, Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Adams is truly exceptional. Phoenix has never been better, he actually looks like an insane alcoholic, really embodying the part. Hoffman is outstanding as the charismatic master, amiable one minute then overly aggressive the next. Adams is superb as the dutiful wife, totally committed to the cause. Loved the soundtrack and cinematography. In short I salute Paul Thomas Anderson as I think he has made a masterpiece here.

1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

Frustrating near miss of a 'masterpiece' - The Master review by BS

Spoiler Alert
08/10/2014

Oh god I wanted to love this film. It has my two favourite actors in it. It is a fascinating subject matter, and a fascinating premise. It is beautifully shot (the opening 30 minutes is some of the most subtly stylish cinematography you will ever see)... but... God it was tedious. Shame shame shame.

0 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

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