When a Taliban fighter kills three American soldiers, he is captured in the Afghani desert and sent for interrogation to an unknown country. On the way to another transfer there is an accident, and he escapes. In Essential Killing veteran Polish Director Jerzy Skolimowski has given us a taut film with almost no dialogue. After those first three killings, there are a few more, each one easier than the last. It’s survival. An ‘essential’ part being self-preservation.
Now in a frozen European landscape, the star here is the snow and ice. White on white. Splashes of the color red are also in evidence. Besides the on-the-run Taliban (who has lost his hearing in an explosion), there is a mute woman who doesn’t speak either .
This is a near silent existential pursuit film that just may have ended before we knew it.