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Aggro Dr1ft – TIFF 2023

TIFF 2023 Review AGGRO DR1FT
Despite its practically incohesive narrative, this is a cinematic visual experience like no other.

Aggro Dr1ft – TIFF 2023

Runtime: 01:20
Synopsis:
In this sensual experimental elegy by Harmony Korine, spellbinding infrared photography evokes a dreamlike portrait of a tormented assassin.

A Miami hitman battles metaphorical and literal demons in . In a dystopian and infrared world, the world's greatest assassin Bo () traverses the underworld of Miami, while being haunted by a giant demon. For his latest job, Bo is assigned to take off the head of the hulking crime lord Toto.

Aggro Dr1ft Synopsis

Aggro Dr1ft is a highly experimental action-horror film by Harmony Korine (Spring Breakers). The film is entirely shot with infrared photography, which is further enhanced by rotoscoped animation and other visual effects. The film stars Spanish actor Jordi Mollà (Bad Boys II) as the assassin Bo, who gives a sombre narration about his job, which keeps him away from his family. The film also features an appearance by rapper as the fork-tongued fellow assassin Zion.

My Thoughts on Aggro Dr1ft

Aggro Dr1ft is a film that has Harmony Korine straying from a conventional narrative structure, with the film even being shot without a proper script or written dialogue, the latter of which is quite obvious given how cringe-worthy the line-delivery of the characters are. However, Aggro Dr1ft ends up being a visual cinematic experience like no other, with the infrared visuals creating what Korine calls “liquid narrative,” further enhanced by the electronic score by AraabMuzik. Despite being a rather incohesive film plotwise, which is sure to turn off mainstream moviegoers, Aggro Dr1ft is very much a new cult classic in the making.

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Sean Patrick Kelly
Sean Patrick Kelly
Sean Patrick Kelly is a freelance film critic and blogger based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
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