In new Colin Farrell film, perfect family life gets disrupted by outside threat

The first shot of the new movie “The Killing of a Sacred Deer” is of a big, bloody, beating heart in an open chest on the operating table. The heart surgeon at work is Dr. Stephen Murphy, who has an idyllic life that seems under control. But it’s about to be shattered. What else would you expect from a film inspired by a Greek tragedy?

Nicole Kidman and Colin Farrell in "The Killing of a Sacred Deer."
Photo by Jima (Atsushi Nishijima), courtesy of A24