"I'd totally forgotten about the violence until I read the review from yduric.... but thinking about it again now, yes, there are some very vivid and violent scenes; and perhaps the film would have been better without them, as it would have avoided this kind of easy criticism. But - to take another example - would Reservoir Dogs have been the same without the severed ear...? No.
So taking the film the way it is - the extraordinary elements are the way the viewer is plunged directly into the middle of an inexplicable situation, the calibre of the acting, the remarkable build in the story, the emotional force, and the spectacular visual sense. This is s a film that will remain in the memory, and cannot be recommended highly enough."