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Freaks (2018)

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A bold girl discovers a bizarre, threatening, and mysterious new world beyond her front door after she escapes her father's protective and paranoid control.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Emile Hirsch ... Dad
Bruce Dern ... Mr. Snowcone
Grace Park ... Agent Ray
Amanda Crew ... Mary
Lexy Kolker ... Chloe
Ava Telek ... Harper Reed
Michelle Harrison ... Nancy Reed
Matty Finochio ... Steven Reed
Aleks Paunovic ... Robert Kraigen
RJ Fetherstonhaugh ... Police Officer
Kwesi Ameyaw ... News Host
Ryan Beil Ryan Beil ... Leo the Cook
Reese Alexander ... ADF Agent
Dakota Daulby ... Executioner
Lee Shorten ... Security Chief
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A bold girl discovers a bizarre, threatening, and mysterious new world beyond her front door after she escapes her father's protective and paranoid control.

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They look just like us

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Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller

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Rated R for violence and some language | See all certifications »
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Canada | USA

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English

Release Date:

13 September 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Freaks See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$161,543, 15 September 2019

Gross USA:

$161,543

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$167,327
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A promotional poster for the film features a street sign with a one eye logo and a phone number to call to report "abnormal activity". The number is 1-800-517-5890 and when called, a recorded message with a woman's voice would say, "Thank you for calling the abnormal defense hotline, provided by the Department of Homeland Security." The recorded message at first urged others to be on the lookout for "freaks" and it said that you can leave a message to report any abnormal activity from freaks. A few days later, the recorded message was changed to warn others to stay away from an upcoming San Diego Comic Con "free underground prescreening of Freaks" on July 18, 2019. See more »

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SCI-FINE
16 September 2019 | by js-66130See all my reviews

Taking on a well worn mutant story line that's been part of the mighty Marvel universe from day one, where the line between good and bad is hazy grey, "Freaks" is less about showy CGI but more about familial relations. And that's why it works. The daughter, mother, father and grandpa family tree that forms the film is a messy tangle of branches and unwieldy roots, which slowly align as the plot unfolds.

Lexy Kolker as single digit aged Chloe, brings a charming naiveté of someone new to life, who might have access to a mysterious super power. The movie rests on her tiny shoulders, and she pulls it off. Whether dealing with her sketchy dad (Emile Hirsch) who may or may not be crazy, or her ghostly mom (Amanda Crew) who may or may not be real, or her sketchy grandpa (Bruce Dern) who may or may not be the neighbourhood ice cream man, Chloe is the central magnet and is damn easy to root for.

Adding another late career feather in his well worn acting hat, Dern is devilicious in his rambunctious retiree role, offering equal doses of creepiness and blood line dedication. Chloe's confusing and changing allegiances to her dad and grandpa is a clever device that spices up this top notch thriller.

My biggest problem with Emile Hirsch is that he looks and acts like Jack Black. It's distracting. But that's a personal qualm, and one that shouldn't detract from the performance, which is manic good.

Yes the story gets a little wacky, after all we are talking about an apocalyptic mutant scenario, so wacky is par for the course. There's enough heart, relatability, and thankfully a lack of superhero posturing (no silly costumes!) to make "Freaks" a winner.

Yup.


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