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Based on the book of the same name, the first of Controls many successes is to make prior knowledge of the subject matter unnecessary. And while music is an important part of the film, the movie ultimately focuses in on the relationship between Curtis and his wife, Deborah. Its a moving and emotional rollercoaster, and one realised with exceptional skill and grace by Sam Riley and the ever-astonishing Samantha Morton in the lead acting roles. The former is someone very much to watch, the latter is surely long overdue an Oscar.
Credit too must go to director Corbjn, though, who builds up Control with diligence and discipline. He shapes a musical biopic that distinguishes itself from its numerous contemporaries, and while it perhaps doesnt spend enough time with the Joy Division side of the story, its a film thats otherwise hard to fault.
Control, ultimately, not only managed to sidestep many of the contrivances of the genre, but it also offers a raw, electric and emotional experience, and proved to be one of 2007s finest films. Dont miss it. --Jon Foster
I found this film to be very good but quite dark in places. however my friend Andrew Forde absolutely loved it and has watched it numerous times hence why I bought it on his... Read morePublished 24 days ago by Vanessa Hunter
Had this recorded for many years but it got deleted so just had to get a copy. Love this film. Sam Riley is fantastic.Published 2 months ago by Cherry Nuttall
Very accurate depiction of Ian Curtis's tragic life, compelling viewing.Published 2 months ago by Neil Taylor