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Dramatizing a startling incident of teen-on-teen violence that made U.K. legal history in 2003, and the complex circumstances that caused it, “Uwantme2killhim?” is nonetheless likeliest to shock young audiences as a window into the quaint world of pre-Facebook social networking. Andrew Douglas’ first feature since 2005′s hit remake of “The Amityville Horror” unsurprisingly puts a heightened genre gloss on edgy real-life material, with salaciously watchable but finally hokey results. Producer credits for Bryan Singer and the Weinsteins up the likelihood of exposure for this TV-ish Britpic in the U.S., where viewers will be less likely to question its authenticity.
The convoluted case of anonymous online manipulation that led a seemingly well-adjusted Greater Manchester teen to be charged with the attempted murder of his best friend was compellingly documented in a 2005 Vanity Fair article by Judy Bachrach, here credited as co-producer. The lurid intrigue of the story has already »
- Guy Lodge
Directed by Andrew Douglas.
A teenage boy's descent into the dangerous world of the Internet and the harrowing consequences of his actions. A true story.
The title of this put me off somewhat: it suggested a director who was stuck in the Internet of ten years ago, who didn’t understand the way modern people communicate. As it turns out, the true story upon which this is based happened exactly ten years ago, so I can’t fault anyone for antiquated methods.
Though unfortunately, I can fault the film for its poor treatment of its own twist. It’s apparent from very early on in the story that something is amiss, and one intelligent guess unravels the whole plot. Most of the intrigue lies in the whys and wherefores, »
- Flickering Myth
Review Andrew Blair 26 Jun 2013 - 06:48
Get past the title, and uwantme2killhim? is a movie with one or two good tricks up its sleeve...
Produced by Bryan Singer (yes, that one), and directed by the 2005 Amityville Horror/countless adverts helmer Andrew Douglas, uwantme2killhim is a solid, well constructed story about teenage isolation. Its mysteries play out well, resolved quickly and satisfactorily, though it never quite realises its potential. Based on a true story, its focus on one of its subjects is both a boon and a problem for the movie.
Mark (Jamie Blackley), is a popular 16 year old boy. We see a little of his life before the start of the main narrative, but not enough to really get to know him. uwantme2killhim came with a free pamphlet detailing the cast and crew, and their thoughts on the film, and here the idea of Mark peaking too soon is brought up. »
There is a surprising filmmaking team behind the harrowing fact-based British crime-thriller, UWANTME2KILLHIM? Andrew Douglas, whose only big-screen outing was Platinum Dunes slick The Amityville Horror remake, is at the helm with Bryan Singer on producing duties in a shocking story he found so fascinating. It will receive its premiere at this year Edinburgh Film Festivial, so keep your eyes on out coverage but below the official plot synopsis we have the first trailer and poster.
When 16-year-old Mark, a handsome and popular boy, meets local girl Rachel on the Internet, he quickly finds himself in an intense online relationship. Besotted, he will do anything for her – even befriend and defend her bullied, loner brother, John. When Rachel, who is trapped in an abusive relationship, is murdered, Mark and John are determined to avenge her death. Their actions draw the attention of a female MI5 agent as they unwittingly stumble into an ongoing operation. »
- Craig Hunter
4 items from 2013
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