Alex Garland Knows He’s Made the Most Inscrutable Movie of His Career with ‘Men’

Alex Garland Knows He’s Made the Most Inscrutable Movie of His Career with ‘Men’
Alex Garland’s latest mind-spinner is a movie called “Men,” about a woman being terrorized by one man who appears to represent all men, and it’s, of course, written and directed by a man.

Garland, ever the boldly-going screenwriter of films like “The Beach” and “28 Days Later” and director of decidedly uncommercial visions like “Annihilation” and “Ex Machina,” has made his most bewildering, inscrutable film yet. He’s also aware of the terrain he’s dipping into in telling an extremely contemporary horror story about the terror of public spaces women are forced to navigate. That setting, here, is the English countryside, and that woman is Jessie Buckley, playing a cipher of a person named Harper in a kind of one-woman horror show where she is the final girl from start to finish.

She’s on an inevitably ill-conceived solo vacation in an ensconced country home, reeling from
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