Franklyn

Franklyn

Gerald McMorrow (2008)

94min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
The fates of four troubled souls are intertwined in this overly ambitious debut feature from writer/director Gerald McMorrow. The action shifts between contemporary London and the futuristic theocracy of Meanwhile City, as the lives of jilted Sam Riley, suicidal Eva Green, devout Bernard Hill and war veteran Ryan Phillippe collide in one moment of coincidence. Or was it preordained by higher powers? McMorrow's cryptic exploration of the vagaries of destiny, romance and faith is clearly indebted to Donnie Darko and Dark City, but isn't as satisfying. There are sensitive performances from the cast and the dingily ornate Blade Runner style is impressive, but the film simply piles on layer upon layer of fantasy and reality until all sense of a coherent narrative is lost. In the end, it's hard to emotionally engage or connect with the obscure pieces of an unsatisfying puzzle when they finally slot into place.

Summary

Alternative worlds collide as the fates of four lost souls are intertwined across parallel universes. A man searches for his lost son in modern-day London, a masked vigilante pursues a murderous cult leader in the gothic metropolis of Meanwhile City, an artist's obsession with suicide takes a dangerous turn and a heartbroken man seeks a route back to the purity of his first love. Fantasy drama, starring Ryan Phillippe, Eva Green, Sam Riley, Bernard Hill and Art Malik.

Cast & Crew

Emilia / Sally Eva Green
Preest / David Esser Ryan Phillippe
Milo Sam Riley
Peter Esser Bernard Hill
Pastor Bone James Faulkner
Wormsnakes Stephen Walters
Tarrant Art Malik
Margaret Susannah York
Dan Richard Coyle
Naomi Kika Markham
Frank Grant Mark Wingett
Street preacher Helmut Christian Kirchmeier
Director Gerald McMorrow
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: ContenderGuidance: Violence and swearing.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 27 Feb 2009
Drama