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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
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 19 days 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 1 month ago by ada raggatt
This is a terrific movie, I believe the directorial feature debut od Dutch director and video producer Anton Corjbin - its a shame the movies he's made since this suburb bio pic... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Barry
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 1 month ago by Dr Melissa Maguire
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 3 months ago by Vanessa Hunter