"A lot of influences came into play as I was developing Axis. Single-setting films, ones that used music innovatively, had a unique or surreal visual aesthetic, or that used judicious doses of silence and isolation to connect audiences to the interior life of characters all helped frame my approach." — Aisha Tyler
"A majority of this film is just a man in a single room, confronting his own demons and the mystery of his captivity. By the time he is freed and other characters come into the story, you are so beguiled by his time in isolation that it’s almost a disappointment. Chan-Wook Park is a master of storytelling discipline."
"Set in ancient Scandinavia, this film is all images with barely any dialogue. Haunting and melancholy, it is an incredibly disciplined use of silence, and almost brutal in its beauty."
"So much beautiful silence in this film, and so much beautiful isolation. This is a movie in which the space between the characters is more frighting than the monsters that lie beyond. You don’t know where you are in this movie until it is far too late, which is half the fun. Bewilderingly spooky."
"Five minutes into this film I remarked to no one in particular, "this is the most beautiful movie I have ever seen." Director Justin Kurzel does radical things with color and time that make this old and oft-told story feel as visually and emotionally radical as it must have felt to audiences who first saw it centuries ago."
The Bourne Supremacy
"I love everything Paul Greengrass does. His ruggedly honest approach is to let the action unfold naturally and allow the camera to find the subject rather than forcing the subject to accommodate the camera's gaze. The result is a feeling that you are an active participant, there in the car with the driver or inside the fight. I strove to impart this same feeling in my film."
"This film is just Ryan Reynolds in a box. For the entire movie. It works beautifully, and once you surrender to the concept, the film is transporting and completely emotionally effective. Buried was proof I could make a movie about a guy driving through Los Angeles compelling. I reminded myself of that whenever my creative resolve started to waver."
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