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Assassination Nation (2018)

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After a malicious data hack exposes the secrets of the perpetually American town of Salem, chaos decends and four girls must fight to survive, while coping with the hack themselves.

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Sam Levinson
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Odessa Young ... Lily
Abra ... Em
Suki Waterhouse ... Sarah
Hari Nef ... Bex
Colman Domingo ... Principal Turrell
Danny Ramirez ... Diamond
Joel McHale ... Nick Mathers
Maude Apatow ... Grace
Cody Christian ... Johnny
Bill Skarsgård ... Mark
Cullen Moss ... Mayor Bartlett
Bella Thorne ... Reagan
Kelvin Harrison Jr. ... Mason
Anika Noni Rose ... Nance
Jeff Pope ... Officer Richter
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After a malicious data hack exposes the secrets of the perpetually American town of Salem, chaos decends and four girls must fight to survive, while coping with the hack themselves.

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You asked for it, America.


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Rated R for disturbing bloody violence, strong sexual material including menace, pervasive language, and for drug and alcohol use - all involving teens | See all certifications »

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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

21 September 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Assassination Nation See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,050,021, 23 September 2018, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$1,959,204, 21 October 2018
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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

After the hack, and the main four characters are Em's place, as the camera pans up to the bedroom window, you hear the line "Dade. I didn't know your size, so I guessed." This is a reference to the 1995 movie Hackers. See more »

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Features Zubekô banchô: zange no neuchi mo nai (1971) See more »

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We Can't Stop
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Performed by Jackston State University Marching Band, the 'Sonic Boom of the South'
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Assassination Nation (2018)
24 September 2018 | by rockman182See all my reviews

Just by looking at the poster for this I knew I was going to watch it. I love these types of teenager movies with violence, especially because they have the potential to achieve cult like status. I liked the trailer for the film because it had a lot going for it to make it interesting. Pretty girls, sex, blood and gore, bright lights. All the makings of a film that would bring the blood thirst entertainment. Assassination Nation actually has too many problems with it and I couldn't get past it. Stylistically the film is nice but man its a wreck otherwise.

The film is primarily about a group of four teenagers. They somehow manage to get center circle in a hacking scandal in their small town of Salem. This causes mob mentality and the inhabitants of the town start to show their true colors and go into a bullying and murderous rage. Why is that? Because they are intolerant, bloodthirsty, and want to kill girls who act like sluts. The main character among the four, Lily, is affected greatly by the hack and she has a target on her back. The film stars Odessa Young, Suki Waterhouse, and even Bella Thorne.

The films messages are current for sure. The way information is spread, nudes and incriminating information being leaked out, police brutality, mob mentality, rioting, and the importance and dangers of social media. Stylistically, the films scenes look nice at many stages. The cinematography is vibrant and pulsing at times and it looks the part. However, all else doesn't work for me. The characters are all unlikable and you don't care about their fate. The main core of girls are not developed well at all. Suki Waterhouse's character... whats her deal? Not developed even slightly. The film felt like a brainstorming of good ideas just jumbled together with current media issues injected in it for a drug fueled mess.

The high school girls all know how to shoot guns and assassinate all of a sudden? They operate shotguns and assault rifles like nothing. People in a town are all blood thirsty loons all of a sudden? Even the characters you thought were good? Okay. I know you have to suspend your belief but this was ridiculous. It strives to send out ham fisted social messages and none of it worked for me. Sorry. I wanted to like this film but needed something that would engage my brain and not have me laughing at how stupid everything was. Nice try, but no go.

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