‘Maryland’ should just be seen for Schoenaerts performance.

Disorder tells the story of Vincent, an ex-soldier with PTSD, who is hired to protect the wife and child of a wealthy Lebanese businessman while he’s out of town. Despite the apparent tranquility on Maryland, Vincent perceives an external threat.

This film doesn’t exactly follow the usually formula of a home invasion story as it’s a completely incredible sensory experience that really takes you into the mind of PTSD affected Vincent played ever so brilliantly by Matthias Schoenaerts. It’s not a love story like one would expect it to be when Vincent his hired to protect wife and child of a wealthy Lebanese businessman as that would detract from the profoundly emotional trauma Vincent struggles with. Co-star Diane Kruger, who plays Jessie, also delivers a very strong performance in her non-native but fluent French but the film entirely belongs to Schoenaerts.

The soundtrack, whether it be music or sound effects, play an important and integral part ofDisorder and is somewhat a remind of Nicolas Winding Refn’s work. Though director Alice Winocour hardly matches the insanity Refn presents in his work.

Although a decent thriller where the majority takes place in a singular location, the music was jarring and almost toppled over the story despite it’s strong performances, even if it was trying to provide the audience with another link into Vincent’s trouble mind. If anything, this film should just be seen for Schoenaerts performance.

Film-O-Meter: 6/10.


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