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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

Writer:

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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Beyond reality. Beyond fear. Beyond imagination. 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

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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Preests statement - "If a god is willing to prevent evil, but not able, then he is not omnipotent. If he is able, but not willing, then he must be malevolent. If he is neither able or willing then why call him a god? Why else do bad things happen to good people?" - is almost directly lifted from Epicurus, who is credited with first expounding the problem of evil. David Hume in his Dialogues concerning Natural Religion (1779) cited Epicurus in stating the argument as a series of questions: "Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then is he impotent. Is he able, but not willing? Then is he malevolent. Is he both able and willing? Whence then is evil?" See more »

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(at around 55 mins) When Emilia puts her cigarette out on a round white object, it clearly shows the cigarette falling off of the object onto the table. A few moments later, the next camera angle zooms in revealing the cigarette sitting back on top of the white object. See more »

Quotes

Preest: You see, without faith, it's difficult to be controlled.
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Catacombs Bar
Performed by Ben Wynne
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An elegant saga on human despair
7 June 2009 | by mcravenerSee all my reviews

I've seen a few movies similar to this, using sci-fi/fantasy imagery to portray an internal state of mind. Too intellectual for some I guess, and it definitely goes beyond 'what you see is what you get'.

This movie worked for me. Some have been critical that the characters in the film were not interesting enough. I on the other hand think the director/writer Gerald McMorrow successfully walked the thin line of saying just enough, enabling the actors to fill in the gaps and create personas rather than cookie cut-outs. The characters were memorable and real, responding to slightly surreal situations in two worlds that were both out of kilter with our own. The movie's alternate realities drew me in and kept me interested, and the eventual juxtaposition of both did so even more.

This is a smartly made movie - with very convincing CGI for the fantasy world combined with an almost indie sense of the intimate and human in the alternate world closer to our own.

Well this review is not much of a blow-by-blow synopsis, others can do that, but if you appreciate strong acting, and an imaginative script, I don't think you will be disappointed.

7/10


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