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Review: 'Men' An Arty Horror Film That Stumbles in the Woods

This image released by A24 shows Jessie Buckley in a scene from "Men." (Kevin Baker/A24 via AP)
This image released by A24 shows Jessie Buckley in a scene from "Men." (Kevin Baker/A24 via AP)

(AP) -- Somewhere in the southwest of England is a sprawling stone estate nestled along hedge-lined lanes that you can rent, complete with wood fireplaces, low oak beams, an apple tree in the yard and a room for a baby grand piano. But the listing on Airbnb, Vrbo or Booking.com might not mention one small complication: It comes with a naked dude in the yard.

This is where Alex Garland’s sophisticated horror film “Men” is set. All the action takes place in and around this estate, a countryside both sublimely beautiful and yet also grimy and filthy. What Garland is exploring is nature — but not nature itself. He's after the nature of man. Not Man, but the base, sickening mankind that has proved toxic of late but has always been.