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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
Sam Riley was exceptional in his portrayal of Ian Curtin's unique dance. Film was good, but you would have to be a Joy Division fan. Read morePublished 17 hours ago by Angie-M'cr
Such a wonderfully made movie and now upgrading my dvd for the Blu-Ray.
Well done to all the cast!
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 2 months 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 2 months ago by Morgan Ager