Azrael Review – IGN

Republic Pictures Set to Release Azrael

Republic Pictures will release Azrael at a date TBD. This review is based on a screening at the 2024 SXSW Film Festival.

Samara Weaving possesses a screen presence that transcends words. Her captivating eyes and expressive face speak volumes, making her the perfect lead for Azrael. Directed by E.L. Katz, known for his work in horror on Channel Zero and The Haunting of Bly Manor, and written by Simon Barrett, the mind behind You’re Next and The Guest, Azrael is a unique blend of action and horror that carries the spirit of a silent film.

In a post-apocalyptic world slightly divergent from our own, the film introduces us to Azrael (played by Weaving), a member of a religious group living in the forest who have sworn off speech by physically removing their vocal cords to avoid breaking their vow of silence.

However, when Azrael and her companion Kenan (portrayed by Nathan Stewart-Jarrett) are betrayed by the cult and left to the mercy of the menacing “Burned Men” lurking in the woods, a thrilling and intense journey begins.

As Azrael fights for survival and seeks revenge, the film unfolds into a series of heart-racing action sequences. Weaving’s performance is both fierce and dynamic, propelling the narrative forward with relentless momentum.

Barrett’s skill in blending genre tropes is evident in Azrael, drawing comparisons to films like The Village, It Follows, and Kill Bill: Volume 2, with a dark and visceral twist. Coupled with Katz’s dynamic direction and Weaving’s gripping portrayal, Azrael is a captivating cinematic experience.

Azrael assumes that you’re smart enough to put the pieces together on your own.

Azrael challenges viewers to piece together the mysteries of its world, offering a narrative driven by instinct and survival. It demands a level of engagement that may frustrate some, but ultimately adds to the film’s immersive and intense atmosphere.