A very dark film about a mother's relationship with her disturbing son and the aftermath after he does the unthinkable. This film is excellently crafted, but the subject matter, based on the book of the same name, is so chilling and despicable that the faint of heart may have to turn away. There are no happy moments to be had here. WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN is essentially about how blame is placed and how society handles catastrophe by finding a scapegoat, whether or not they are at fault. It makes you cringe to watch a clearly unwell little boy grow up with no reprimand for his unruly and cruel behavior, and any punishment he does receive never sticks. Despite his mother perpetually trying to alert others (her husband, doctors, etc.) to the problem, nobody else seems to see it until it's too far gone. And at that point, who do you blame and why? How can you blame someone who has done everything in their power to prevent something from happening and has suffered nothing but obstacles from everyone she has confided in? It's hard to even fathom and so simple to see how innate evil is tolerated and sugarcoated until it explodes and causes damage in other people's lives. This film is an interesting character study, both of a powerless mother and a tad too powerful son, but it made me feel horrible inside, to see the rotten run freely. I've watched it once and I'm certain I'll never see it again, because it's too frightening a thought, but I would still recommend WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN to anyone who has a good heart but can handle observing such a high degree of depravity.