Rare is the moment when a film critic sees a film directed by an up and coming filmmaker who reveals immense potential with a unique vision. If anything, they long to live in the moment like Roger Ebert viewing Martin Scorsese’s film debut Who’s That Knocking at My Door or Pauline Kale being blown away by Arthur Penn’s Bonnie and Clyde. It’s in these moments the critics feel an obligation to make the world pay attention to these visionaries. The director in this case is Kevan Funk, whose taking Canadian critics by surprising with Hello Destroyer, a quiet yet scathing examination of how boys are taught to be men in modern Canadian society. With intriguing imagery and a thought provoking storyline, Funk is sure to get people talking.
When we first meet Tyson Burr (Jared Abrahamson), he’s brawling with a rival player on the ice. At least, that’s what you see on the ice. Outside the rink, he is a quiet sensitive type of guy who likes to roughhouse with his nephew. But with his teammates cheering on his brawl and his coach placing strong emphasis on winning, Tyson feels forced to maintain an aggressive facade. But that facade turns on him when he critically injures another player in a brawl. Soon, the world seems to turn on Tyson. After being kicked out of his home and his town labelling him a pariah, Tyson is left alone with no idea how to comprehend his actions.