Starring: Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Shannon, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Isla Fisher, Armie Hammer, Laura Linney, Jena Malone, Michael Sheen, Andrea Riseborough, Karl Glusman
Thriller written and directed by Tom Ford which is a “story inside a story,” which follows art gallery owner, Susan Morrow (Amy Adams), who is disturbed by her ex-husband’s, Edward Sheffield (Jake Gyllenhaal), latest novel when he sends it to her.
In the story we also follow the actual manuscript, called “Nocturnal Animals,” which revolves around a man, Tony Hastings (Jake Gyllenhaal), who is on a family vacation in the vast, empty landscapes of West Texas with his wife, Laura Hastings (Isla Fischer), and daughter, India Hastings (Ellie Bamber). The vacation turns violent and deadly when they run into some trouble after they cross paths with a gang led by Ray Marcus (Aaron Taylor-Johnson).
Susan interprets Edward’s novel interprets as a veiled threat and a symbolic revenge tale, as she begins seeing parallels between her past and the story in the novel.
Best Quotes from Trailer:
Susan Morrow: Do you ever feel like your life is turning into something you never intended?
[running into each other in the street]
Susan Morrow: Hi!
Edward Sheffield: Susan. Hi.
Susan Morrow: Good to see you.
Edward Sheffield: You look beautiful, as always.
Edward Sheffield: Do you know that you were my first crush?
Susan Morrow: You were my first crush too.
Anne Sutton: [to Susan] Don’t do this. He’s too weak for you. The things you love about him now are the things you’ll hate.
Alessia: I’m worried about you. Are you sleeping? You scared me the last time we talked.
Susan Morrow: You know me, I never sleep.
Susan Morrow: My ex-husband used to call me a nocturnal animal.
Alex: I didn’t know you had an ex-husband.
Susan Morrow: I’ve been thinking about him a lot lately, and then recently he sent me this book that he’s written. It’s violent and it’s sad, and he dedicated it to me.
Alex: Did you love him?
Susan Morrow: I did something horrible to him. I left him in a brutal way.
Tony Hastings: What are we going to do?
Bobby Andes: It’s a question of how serious you are about seeing justice done.
Anne Sutton: [to Susan] Don’t do this, you’ll regret it.
Susan Morrow: I’m going to live to regret this.
Ray Marcus: [to Tony] You’re crazy, you’re making a big mistake.
Ray Marcus: It’s fun to kill people, you should try it sometime.
Susan Morrow: [to Edward] I really wanted to this person that you thought I was.
Hutton Morrow: [to Susan] He’ll never find out.
Edward Sheffield: [to Susan] When you love someone you have to be careful with it, you might never get it again.
Bobby Andes: It’s going to be rough for him out there, not knowing how it’s going to come.
Edward Sheffield: [to Susan] Nobody gets away with what you did. Nobody.
Nocturnal Animals is set for release in the UK November 4th and US December 9th.