What would you do if you wanted to live the rock and roll lifestyle, but you’d ended up in the wrong band? That’s the conundrum at the heart of Killing Bono
, as Neil McCormick finds himself in the music group at his school that didn’t turn out to be U2. And as such, he sets himself a simple challenge: to be bigger than them.
This quest for fame and fortunate, inevitably, doesn’t quite go to plan, and Killing Bono follows Neil, played by Ben Barnes, as he considers a more extreme solution to his problem. Quite a few, as it happens.
It’s a bit of a muddled film, but it isn’t bad. There are some nice comedy touches, and the performances in places are really rather good. Robert Sheehan, of the TV show Misfits and Ben Barnes fare well, while Pete Postlethwaite makes much of little in his last screen role before he died.
It’s a far-fetched piece of work, but it does charm its way through its bumpy patches. And, come the end credits, you’re not like to feel shortchanged by it. Killing Bono may not be perfect, but it does remember to entertain, and raises its fair share of chuckles, too. --Jon Foster
United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), English ( Subtitles ), ANAMORPHIC WIDESCREEN (2.35:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Anamorphic Widescreen, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Neil McCormick (Ben Barnes) always knew he'd be famous. A young Irish songwriter and budding genius, nothing less than a life of rock n' roll stardom will do. But there's only room for one singer in school band The Hype and his friend Paul's already bagged the job. So Neil forms his own band with his brother Ivan (Robert Sheehan). There's only one problem: The Hype have changed their name. To 'U2'. And Paul (Martin McCann) has turned into 'Bono'. Naturally there's only one option for Neil: become bigger than U2. The brothers head to London in their quest for fame, but their every action is dwarfed by the soaring success of their old school rivals. And when Ivan discovers the shocking truth behind Neil's rivalry with U2, it threatens to destroy everything. As his rock n' roll dream crashes and burns, is Neil forever destined to live in the shadows of superstardom? And what if the answer lies in... Killing Bono? ...Killing Bono ( I Was Bono's Doppelgänger )