Franklyn (15)

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Time Out rating:

<strong>Rating: </strong><span class='lf-avgRating'>3</span>/5

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Time Out says

Tue Feb 24 2009

Set partly in modern London and partly in the retro-futuristic metropolis of Meanwhile City, where church and state are one, British writer/director Gerald McMorrow’s urban fairy tale requires an act of faith from its audience.

Wearing a hollow-eyed mask to conceal his identity, atheist vigilante Preest (Ryan Phillippe) roams the decaying streets of Meanwhile City in search of his nemesis, The Individual.
In the parallel reality of London, jilted groom Milo (Sam Riley) tries to regain his faith in pure love through a tentative relationship with his childhood sweetheart, flame-haired teacher Sally (Eva Green). Adrift in the alien city, a lonely father (Bernard Hill) searches for his estranged, war-damaged son in the capital’s homeless shelters. Tortured goth artist Emilia (Eva Green again) stages her suicidal cries for help as disturbing video installations that are more twisted therapy than expressive art. Comic-book myth, everyday life and deranged dreams coalesce, as fantasy violence spills over into the real world. Finally, we see that the characters’ disturbed fantasies of love and death are born of genuine psychological damage.

A vivid and emotionally charged denouement, which draws together the numerous characters’ individual fates, was McMorrow’s starting point. He then worked backwards to create a series of interwoven story threads. Sadly, for much of the film, these threads feel more like loose ends than part of a developing narrative pattern. Still, ‘Franklyn’ has conceptual boldness and visual imagination that set it apart from the pack.
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Rated:

15

UK release:

Fri Feb 27, 2009

Duration:

98 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

Gerald McMorrow

Cast:

Sam Riley, Ryan Phillippe, Eva Green

Screenwriter:

Gerald McMorrow

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Snetzler

I have just caught this on TV, with no particular expectations: It exceeded them handsomely.

Snetzler

I have just caught this on TV, with no particular expectations: It exceeded them handsomely.

Franklyn

Terrible movie that was contrived in it's interpretation of psychological trauma and had far too many loose ends. How on earth did the janitor guy manage to meet up with the imaginary Sally; does the abandoned mop indicate he too was imaginary and if so how were three of the main protaganists able to imagine the same guy independently??? Tries to be clever but just ends up being the opposite.

Carinthia

Maybe it's because I think Sam Riley is the bomb, but I really enjoyed this film, the look and mood of it is beautiful, even if the story is a bit cryptic. One to catch on DVD for sure.

Carinthia

Maybe it's because I think Sam Riley is the bomb, but I really enjoyed this film, the look and mood of it is beautiful, even if the story is a bit cryptic. One to catch on DVD for sure.

Mabel

I don't agree with some of the other comments here. Eva Green's performance was dark, for sure, but I couldn't take my eyes off her. The film is not aping films like Dark Knight or Watchman, it's more like how the the truth is twisted in a damaged mind to create a parallel reality. i thought it was cool that this was made as an independent British movie in London, and there's no point tearing down a first film from a promising filmmaker. It's not perfect, but it is intriguing.

Tarrant

In response to the previous review, the characters all clearly end up at the same address as Emila lives in the building, David moves in there, and his father tracks him down when he is given the address by Wasnik, the guy he beat up. Milo has arranged to meet Sally at the restaurant opposite... I thought the ending was neat. I really liked the movie, it didn't unfold the way I expected but that's part of the beauty. If you like mainstream Hollywood fare, this isn't for you, but if you want an interesting thriller with unusual characters that's easy on the eye, check this out.

diego

really really really one of the worst movies i have ever seen, it truly made me understand that the british aren't made for futuristic movies. i can't really figure out how and why they even spent the money for it. the actors in all honesty were quite bad and the script even worst. the story isn't clear at all and there are huge holes in the story line which any way was hard to follow because of boredom.

Avril

I was interested to see this as an independent British film but didn't quite know what to expect from the poster. I thought it might be fantasy fare like Pan's Labryinth, but in truth this is only a small part of the story. It is more a psychological thriller with Eva Green as a troubled art student and Sam Riley (gorgeous) as the boy fated to save her from herself. I found it really intriguing and anyone interested in unusual stories will appreciate it.

Avril

I was interested to see this as an independent British film but didn't quite know what to expect from the poster. I thought it might be fantasy fare like Pan's Labryinth, but in truth this is only a small part of the story. It is more a psychological thriller with Eva Green as a troubled art student and Sam Riley (gorgeous) as the boy fated to save her from herself. I found it really intriguing and anyone interested in unusual stories will appreciate it.

Faroukh

Fantastic cinematography, brilliant actors, however, the plot is a bit sketchy and the characters underdeveloped. The story feels blurry but then again so is the human mind. Blurry and confused at times.

Faroukh

Fantastic cinematography, brilliant actors, however, the plot is a bit sketchy and the characters underdeveloped. The story feels blurry but then again so is the human mind. Blurry and confused at times.

jamie

not what i thought it was gunna be really disapointed took too long to get into then it was all over in a flash pretty boring

Stacey-Ann

thought it was great. would like to see again at the cinema because the story is quite complicated and different. wasn't sure for some of the time what was going on but watching it come together was the reward at the end.

Stacey-Ann

thought it was great. would like to see again at the cinema because the story is quite complicated and different. wasn't sure for some of the time what was going on but watching it come together was the reward at the end.

Roy le Roi

any film that can mix modern day london with a crazy blade runner style city gets my vote. and yes maggie, eva green is HOT! definitely going to see this one again when it comes out in the cinemas.

Roy le Roi

any film that can mix modern day london with a crazy blade runner style city gets my vote. and yes maggie, eva green is HOT! definitely going to see this one again when it comes out in the cinemas.

Maggie Jones

I was lucky enough to see this film at its opening night last night at LFF, and was blown away. It's so cool! If you like films like "Donnie Darko," you will love this. Eva Green is hot and Ryan Phillippe is as well, although you can't see him for a lot of the movie because he wears a mask. It is a very dark story and there's a lot of mystery. It was shot in London, and it is ace to see a British thriller as good as this.

Maggie Jones

I was lucky enough to see this film at its opening night last night at LFF, and was blown away. It's so cool! If you like films like "Donnie Darko," you will love this. Eva Green is hot and Ryan Phillippe is as well, although you can't see him for a lot of the movie because he wears a mask. It is a very dark story and there's a lot of mystery. It was shot in London, and it is ace to see a British thriller as good as this.