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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
It’s always difficult to rationally critique a film about one’s 'heroes’ (even if it was, incredibly, less than a year between my first witnessing Joy Division live in August 1979... Read morePublished 27 days ago by Keith M
Arrived very quickly & very well packaged
This is a must watch for anyone young or middle aged or old..
Even if you never heard of joy Davision or Ian Curtis.. Read more
Fantastic and utterly moving film! Must watch before you buy that unknown pleasures shirt.Published 1 month ago by Morgan Ager
Rather portrait-like, and a perfect grey representation of Manchester as it may have appeared for most citizens. The musical sections are also very well portrayed.Published 4 months ago by Michael Patriksson
Loved the film its a insight on what troubles he had and how he couldn't cope with it all especially with his epilepsy and depression .Published 4 months ago by ada raggatt
The story of Ian Curtis and his battle with rising fame and epilepsy. I enjoyed this film apart from when the German doctor discusses drugs that were not even developed at the time... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Dr Melissa Maguire