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Plot: A portrait of the broken lives of four people (a vigilante detective, a worried parent, an awkward man looking for love and a suicidal artist) as they all struggle to cope in their religiously-dystopian city. Runtime: 98 mins Release Date: 27 Feb 2009
Daringly unique and visionary British film with plenty to offer (by kieronstonemusic)
I have just got back from watching Franklyn at the London Film Festival, and let me tell you, this film is truly something special. A cleverly co-ordinated lesson in narrative structure, the plot revolves around 4 different people, delivered in 4 different strands of plot, one of which exists in somewhere a little futuristic called "Meanwhile City". Each of the four are all trying to fix something in their lives. ++DONT WORRY I SHALL NOT BE Writing ANY SPOILERS HERE+++ At first, my mind was drawn to the film V for Vendetta - the masked vigilante played very well by Ryan Phillipe, <more>
holding his own in a predominantly British cast seemed to be a similar character, complete with voice-over, telling us the troubles of Meanwhile City. But soon the other plot strands filter in and it becomes far more than a Vendetta-lite imitation, with a narrative structure very similar in delivery to Magnolia, or Gomorrah. However, the director here never makes it confusing as to who is who, with a definite and focused script keeping the four strands together very well.All the other stories are set in contemporary London. My favourite was the story with Sam Riley's character. His bride to be has left him and he is finding ways of dealing with his grief. Elsewhere, Bernard Hill plays a man searching for his son who has mysteriously gone missing. The other story strand involves Eva Green as a troubled artist with a penchant for frequently attempting suicide.Whilst the photography and direction in the film is brilliantly vivid and bold, and the cast are wonderfully believable, what really sold this film for me was the story itself. Intriguing, exciting, thoughtful, often very moving, and most of all, constantly surprising, Franklyn is by far the most fiercely intelligent and engaging film i have watched in a very long time. The final 10 minutes are simply amazing and very, very clever dont read ANYTHING about it though! Make sure to watch Franklyn when it comes out the LFF was a lucky early screening, I am told it could be out in January at the cinemas nationwide . BUT WHATEVER YOU DO MAKE SURE NO ONE TELLS YOU ANYMORE THAN THE SYNOPSIS TELLS YOU! else you will not experience the joy of watching the story unravel and reveal itself for its truths. Thank you to all involved in creating something so utterly unique in its execution.
Intriguing and will keep you thinking for days... (by sam-greer)
The best film I have seen this year so far, its so brilliantly strange and such a brain-teasingly satisfying film to watch.The film is a sci-fi thriller/drama about four characters dealing with problems in their life, from Eva Greens character who is a suicidal artist to Sam Riley's character whose bride ran away at the altar. These characters parts of the film are set in modern day London and their struggles may seem uninteresting at first but once the films pace sets in their stories take on as much importance as the real main character Preest. Jonathon Preest, the mysterious loner of <more>
the films alternate reality, Meanwhile City, is the only atheist in a city gripped by Faith, where every resident must have a religion which lends weight to the films plot and themes.All the cast were very good at their parts, Phillippe does well as Preest without going into deep voiced batman territory and Eva Green portrays her very flawed character with enough humanity to keep you interested without becoming fed up with her characters behaviour.The film constantly switches between the two settings, to both dramatic effect and to keep the film moving at a solid pace that should have you guessing at the link between all the characters and how the alternate reality of Meanwhile city ties in with them. Meanwhile City itself is a stunning and darkly captivating location for the other half of the film and provides the visual cement to the films concepts and makes for some of the most inventive design I've seen in sets and costumes for a long time. Its a Gothic vision of skyscrapers and futuristic landscapes with inspiration from cathedrals and ancient architecture. Its safe to say that you shouldn't let anyone spoil the films twists or plot for you, because its twists often seem predictable before hand but upon their realisation they can be quite surprising reveals.For those familiar with films such as Donnie Darko, the ideas driving the film may seem to be done and dusted but Franklyn's fresh approach to the concepts as well as its stunning execution make this film worthy of anyone looking to engage their thoughts in some very interesting concepts regarding, reality and perception. Go out and watch this film, it's conclusion will linger with you for days after wards.
Was a bit wary of this one - had read comments about it being pretentious and a little too clever for it's own good.No need to worry on either front.Thought it was excellent - beautifully shot, fabulous performances by all involved and the story comes together wonderfully. The parallel world of Meanwhile City is simply stunning. Think you have to be able to go with it for the first half - and allow it time to start unfolding. This may frustrate some, but it definitely has a sense of balance and shows enough to keep your attention without over-elaborating unnecessary plot strands.Really <more>
hope it does well... it's shows bigger budget, mainstream multiplex fodder how it could, and should, be done.
The movie is a must see, different despite all the ones that criticizes it, and give a bad not a bad a really bad note, i would like those persons, to mention their favorite movies, and we will see a distortion mind of reality, maybe them could get a different story, as the one of this movie, this one ans Sin City are those kind of movies that make me pay for them no mater how much, and i think all people expect only story's like the theoric method of writing one, once upon a time, and by that way the last year we came across with a really bad movies, not surprising ones, so this movie, <more>
gives the effect that a movie should do, amuse you, surprise you, and you just keep thinking on its story, how many movies for ex soap pop comedy's like fast food that are made that makes you what this king of movies do...m the only responsibility for not having good movies like this one, its because we are not demanding that, and just eat what they gave to us...
A thought provoking film but not in the way some people think (by jeffpk)
I am frankly surprised almost to the point of shock that so many people have such a hard time following this movie. It is very straight forward in its story telling. The only reason i can imagine anyone *not* following it is either a confusion by the mislabeling of this film as a science fiction film its not, its a psycho-drama OR b geekish yearnings to make the sci fi setting 'real'. The ironic thing about b is that those people who do twist the world in such a way are, in fact, illustrating what this movie is all about-- which is the human ability to divorce ones perceptions <more>
from reality. The main characters exist in a spectrum of dissociation. 1 David/Jonathan Priest is a recently returned war veteran who is dealing with the trauma of the senseless death of his baby sister. Of all the characters, he is the most disassociated from reality-- to the point where he has created an entirely divergent internally-consistent reality for himself. We would call such a person "dissociative" or "psychotic" normally, but this movie shows him not as unique but merely as an extreme in a continuum of human behavior. 2 Milo created a fantasy friend. "Sally", as a child to cope with the death of his father. To him, Sally is part of his reality, a part that again is only part of his own perceptions. When his life hits a crisis of loneliness in the loss of his fiancée, he brings Sally back into his world. Again, we would view this as a lesser form of disassociation/psychotic break by our normal yardsticks. But there are even more shades here. 3 Emelia has also created a break with reality because of trauma, in this case her childhood abuse sexual is suggested but never totally stated by her father. Choosing to forget that and remember it as stories, not reality, she has substituted a desperate longing for a father that she thinks she lost, though chances are he never really existed as she remembers him. Rather then blame herself for the sexual abuse as victims commonly do she has substituted a blame of her mother for "taking her father away." She acts out her inner turmoil and attacks her mother through staged "art" suicides. It could be argued that these are also her attempts on some level to punish herself, but thats never developed in the movie. Nonetheless it generally takes either severe depression or severe guilt to bring one to the brink of suicide. 4 David's father has the same trauma that David has-- the traffic accident death of his daughter, David's little sister, In his case, he is clinging to a hard line religious explanation. That it was God's will and God's actions. This gives a senseless and horrible death, a little girl struck down by a car, meaning and allows him to deal with it. It can be argued however that this TOO is a disassociation from the reality that random horrible things happen without purpose or reason. That is a reality that many people we would consider "normal" to flee from and make up stories to hide behind instead. And in the end thats what this movie is about, as explained in the "story" that "Sally" tells Milo about the story teller who built a perfect world, but in the end walked away from it because it wasn't real. And the real and only question this movie leaves is that: what stories do WE live in rather then dealing with reality, and which is really better? Is believing in a cold, uncaring, random world more healthy just because it is "real"? or do we as human beings by our very nature live in worlds of fantasy in order to function? As for the final shot of the bucket and mob without the janitor by it, that is open for debate, but I see it as a "tease".. daring US to interpret the janitor's part in the film not as just one more random element in a random world, but as something with deeper and perhaps mystical meaning. The author leaves that for us, the viewers, to weave fantasies about.
I completely disagree with the previous poster, this was a great movie. But its not for everyone. Its great because it requires you to think. The previous poster mentioned someone walking-by saying "what the hell was that?". I was thinking the same thing half-way through but you have to give it a chance. If you pay attention to it, it will come to fruition. Its refreshing to have to think to understand the plot instead of being spoon-fed a plot that you can usually figure out the ending to by the trailer. I can't fault the acting. And aside from one hammy line at the opening the <more>
script was sound. The score was subtle but hum-worthy and overall it made for a great viewing experience. I am giving it 9 and not 10 for a reason. The ending is the only let-down. While its not shown, you just know the two main characters will live happily ever after. There's also the rather irritating way Eva Green's second character leaves. But to anyone who is sick of brain-dead movies and wants something that requires some thought, see this movie.
I've just come back from the premiere at the London film festival and I've thoroughly enjoyed, it but before I say anything, do not expect it to be "a mix between V for Vendetta and the Dark knight" which is a complete nonsense I read earlier, it's nothing like it. In fact, the sci fi element is only a small albeit crucial part to the story, most of it taking place in present day London. It's more of a psychological drama, a bit of a slow starter as well until all the pieces are put together and it starts making sense. To be honest the less you know about the <more>
story, the better otherwise it will ruin your enjoyment The acting is excellent, I would say it really is Eva Green's movie, she shines throughout the movie with a rather difficult role and is absolutely beautiful. Sam Riley and Ryan Philippe are very good too although they have a little less material to play with. I think it's going to be hard sell as it is unlike anything I have seen, and if they try to market it as an action/sci fi movie, it will be very misleading but I still definitely recommend it if you're looking for something a bit different.
Just got back from watching this and I am shocked someone gave it ONE STAR?!It's not the best film ever, but the intricate plot, art direction, soundtrack and acting are all top notch. I was in suspense all the way through this and, even though I'm still scratching my head over the ending, the plot unfolded well and the ending was satisfying.To the person who rated this 1*, are you being serious? Are you saying there is NOTHING good about this film? How about you grow up and not just rate films 1/10 or 10/10 based on whether you liked it or not.What happened to the days when people <more>
OK, first of all, in reply to the previous comment stating that film students will spend a long time trying to decode hidden meanings and whatnot in this film just to show off to non-film students, where do you get off saying that? As a Media Studies student myself, I enjoyed this film very much, and because I'm currently doing my film study project, I thought this was a very intriguing film, which you might enjoy more if you are indeed a film student.Admittedly, this is a film which requires some thinking and figuring out; in other words, if you don't want a film which requires some <more>
thought, then this is not for you. The ending is left almost entirely up to the viewer to work out, as the four story lines come together.About 80% of the film has passed before the resolution comes about, so the ending is rather hasty; one of the film's weaknesses. Also, the cinematography was quite annoying, but I liked that the overall theme of the film came across in the colouring of the scenes, and that this is a dark film but still with short episodes of light.The characters and their interwoven story lines challenge your mind to guess about their relation to one another, and what their role in their ending could be. They're an interesting bunch to follow, and Eva Green portrayed the suicidal art student very well. Ryan Phillipe as Jonathon Priest, however, irritated me, because he seemed to be trying to be V from V for Vendetta, but the character himself I found to be intriguing.Despite reviews saying that this is a lot like the aforementioned V For Vendetta, it only has certain elements that are similar; for example, a masked man seeking revenge for a previous event. Other than that, this film is very original, and is not really like the other film in any way.If this film had maybe half an hour to an hour more in length, a lot more of the ends would have been tied up. I give this film 8/10 for overall casting, the sets, originality of the plot, and the editing. The missing two points are for less resolve than some people needed to be satisfied, the confusion that arises while watching, and other features commonly noted by people who didn't enjoy.All in all, I liked it very much.