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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.

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Gerald McMorrow

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Gerald McMorrow
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eva Green ... Emilia / Sally
Ryan Phillippe ... Preest / David Esser
Sam Riley ... Milo
Bernard Hill ... Peter Esser
James Faulkner ... Dr. Earlle / Pastor Bone
Stephen Walters ... Wormsnakes / Wasnik
Art Malik ... Tarrant
Susannah York ... Margaret
Richard Coyle ... Dan
Kika Markham ... Naomi
Helmut Christian Kirchmeier Helmut Christian Kirchmeier ... Street Preacher
Hilary Sesta Hilary Sesta ... Female Preacher
Matthew Flynn ... Cleric 1
Janetta Morrow Janetta Morrow ... Guilty Woman
Doug Allen ... Cleric 2
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Storyline

Preest is a masked vigilante detective, searching for his nemesis on the streets of Meanwhile City, a monolithic fantasy metropolis ruthlessly governed by faith and religious fervor. Esser is a broken man, searching for his wayward son amongst the rough streets of London's homeless. Milo is a heartbroken thirty-something desperately trying to find a way back to the purity of first love. Emilia is a beautiful art student; her suicidal art projects are becoming increasingly more complex and deadly. Written by Anonymous

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The path of single bullet decides the fate of four lost souls. See more »


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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 February 2009 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Франклин See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$75,225 (United Kingdom), 27 February 2009, Limited Release
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Initially, Ewan McGregor, Paul Bettany and John Hurt were set to star, but the film's schedule was thrown when McGregor broke his leg in a biking accident and was forced to drop out. Eva Green remained the only member of the original cast. See more »

Goofs

The man talking to Milo in the room where the red haired woman disappeared to and another unseen character added some tiles to his original cross shaped design on the table. After Milo leaves the camera tilts down as the man writes into his notebook and the additional tiles are gone, reverting back to the cross shape. See more »

Quotes

Preest: Somebody once said that religion was deemed by the commoners as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful. The only thing I believe is that my name is Jonathan Preest. And tonight, I'm gonna kill a man.
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"Third Face
Written by Hein Hoven & Gerald McMorrow
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One In The Eye For The Attention-Deficienct Popcorn Cattle
28 April 2009 | by thesandfly77See all my reviews

Yes, it's a slow, slow build-up featuring seemingly unconnected story threads, fantastical settings and comic-book characterisation. Yes, it's all a bit of a muddle at times, and plays like the disconnected fast-cut chapters of a cynically devise modern supermarket bestselling novel.

But it's different.

Not out-there different, just stoically different from the average Hollywood committee-designed faux art-slice. It's a film that refuses to bend to the will of popular expectation and also to the viewer's clamouring desire for exposition.

For that it's to be applauded; it seems remarkable it managed mainstream distribution given the fact so many will be 'bored' ('man') awaiting the connections to satisfy their anticipation.

And you may well gather what's going on before it's explained (with a little ultimate dubiety) on screen, but this is still a well-executed piece of cinema with a solid cast that dares to offer something a little different to current lame traits after seemingly setting itself up as just another by-the-numbers collage.

Clever at times, atmospheric, beautifully shot with a good cast. Worth, nay deserving, of a watch as a mild antidote to patronising Hollywood mainstream. A solid seven out of ten.


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