Pet (Review)

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    So here is a movie very unique to its own. When you think you understand you really don't. And for that reason alone I loved it. Pet gives you a narrative that you think you understand almost all the way to the end. But then it twists and makes you think very different about the main characters. So let me tell you about Pet. There are major spoilers ahead so if you don't want me to spoil the movie skip to the end. 

     

     

    MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD

     

    Seth is a shy and mild-mannered man who works at the local Animal Control department, cleaning cages and disposing of the euthanized animals. He has developed an obsession with Holly, a waitress, and writer who he saw writing in her journal on the bus one day. Seth eventually asks security guard Nate for dating advice, and Nate tells him to be confident and approach her. Seth extensively researches her online profiles for information and tries to ask her out at the diner, but his attempts at confidence come across awkward and she rebuffs him. At home, Holly talks about the encounter with her friend Claire and takes a drunken phone call from her ex Eric, who recently cheated on her.

     

     

    Holly receives a large bouquet of roses at work the next day, and assuming they are an apology from Eric goes to visit the bar where he works. Seth, who has been following her, confronts her outside leading to a physical confrontation when he refuses to accept her rejection. Eric beats Seth up and ejects him from the bar, but Seth is able to steal her journal which was dropped in the struggle. He spends the next several days reading every detail.

    As his performance slips at work, Seth discovers a trapdoor to a distant room in an abandoned and unused wing of the animal shelter, where he sets about constructing a steel cage. As he follows Holly home, she maces a homeless man that she mistakes for Seth. Shortly after, he breaks into her apartment and uses animal tranquilizers to subdue and kidnap Holly.

     

     

    As she comes to in the cage, Holly vows to survive, speaking to an image of Claire. Seth informs Holly that he loves her and has imprisoned her to "save" her. After some initial resistance, he reveals that he has heard her talking in both her own and Claire's voices and that he knows the truth: Holly discovered by reading emails that Eric had slept with the real Claire, and confronted her about it during a car ride. An angry Holly continued accelerating the car until they were hit by a truck. Although badly injured, Claire was alive until Holly stabbed her through the eye with a shard of broken glass; her death was attributed to the crash. Since that time, Holly has committed a series of gruesome murders, including the homeless man from before, and written about them in her journal. When Seth realized that the stories were real, he formulated a plan to save Holly and prevent her from hurting anyone else, claiming that he finally felt a purpose in his life.

     

     

    Over the next several days, they engage in psychological mind games against each other, as Holly begins to slip details to draw Seth in while simultaneously stating that she believes them to be more similar than he wants to admit. Seth maintains that Holly committed the other murders from the guilt of not being caught over Claire, but Holly counters that she kills simply because she can and enjoys it. A suspicious Nate follows Seth and discovers Holly imprisoned when Seth goes to get her food. She distracts Nate when Seth returns, and during a struggle, Seth ends up stabbing him several times with a pocket knife before Holly trips Nate. Desperate to avoid detection and at Holly's urging, he smashes Nate's skull with a cinder block and dismembers and disposes of the body.

    Seth invents a story to explain Nate's disappearance, but this only makes the police suspicious of him. With time running out, Holly convinces him that he can save her if he proves his love to her by cutting off his finger. He does, but this leads to Holly grabbing his knife and threatening to kill herself if he doesn't release her. She says that she finally believes that he truly loves her, before slitting his throat.

     

     

    Some time later, Holly is back together with Eric, and the supposedly fictional events from her journal are being published as a book. While retrieving his phone, she finds evidence that he has been cheating again, but declines to kill him. Instead, she travels to a warehouse, where it is revealed that Seth is kept in a cage, still alive but horribly mutilated and tortured; he has "saved" her by allowing her to take out her murderous impulses on him instead.

     

     Rated 7 - 10

    Pet has everything I enjoy in a thriller/suspense movie. From deception to pure madness. I was floored from the performances of the two main actors. Coming from this ugeek this is a must watch. It will make you cringe and think different of people's mentalities.

     

    Re-posted from 3/15/17

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