Essential Killing provides no answers. It tells the story of an unidentified Middle Eastern man (presumably) who is captured by American forces in an unidentified Middle Eastern country. He is transported to an unidentified European country where his transport vehicle runs off the road and he escapes into the snow covered wilderness. That is all we know as he spends the entire duration of the film lost, wounded and starving. Vincent Gallo plays the man and I think its the single greatest performance of his career. The entire role is silent and not a single word is uttered from his mouth and yet his desperation and fear is overwhelming. This is a 5 star film in my opinion and I definitely recommend you check it out.