This is undoubtedly one of the best Netflix original films

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Tom Holland in The Devil All the Time.
Tom Holland in The Devil All the Time.
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4/5 Stars


The Devil All the Time is a multi-stranded story of two serial killer lovers, a very questionable priest, a pair of orphans and a compromised sheriff who make their way through life in a backwater town in post-war America. 


Maybe it's that the unspeakably depressing I Know This Much Is True has desensitised me to stories that deal with the darker side of humanity, but I was surprised at just how absorbed I was by the pretty messed-up The Devil All the Time. "Enjoy" is probably a strong term to describe what it feel like to watch a film that centres on bad religion, bad people, and really, really bad violence. But there is undoubtedly something powerfully magnetic about this Southern Gothic tale that makes it absorbing, rather than unbearable.

Directed by indie filmmaker, Antonio Campos, who also co-writes the script with his brother, Paulo, adapting the acclaimed 2011 novel of the same name by Donald Ray Pollock, The Devil All the Time (taken from a line in the novel: "Fighting the devil all the time") is a film all about death and God and the way the two play against each other. 

The film, which is available for streaming now, has received mixed reviews and it's certainly not without its flaws, but it stands out as one of Netflix’s most artistically assured and most successful original films. It's just clearly not for everyone.

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