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Franklyn [DVD] [2008]

3.5 out of 5 stars 65 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Eva Green, Ryan Phillippe, Bernard Hill, Sam Riley, Susannah York
  • Directors: Gerald McMorrow
  • Format: Anamorphic, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: E1 Films
  • DVD Release Date: 22 Jun. 2009
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001TEKJUC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,585 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Urban fairytale set between modern-day London and the religion-dominated future metropolis of Meanwhile City. The film follows four lost souls divided between the two worlds: Jonathan Preest (Ryan Phillippe), a masked vigilante detective who has vowed revenge on Meanwhile City's leader, Emilia (Eva Green), a beautiful young art student whose difficult relationship with her mother fuels her cynicism and suicidal tendencies, Milo (Sam Riley), a heartbroken thirty-something who remains fixated on his first love, and Peter (Bernard Hill), a deeply religious man who has come to London to search the streets for his missing son.

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This is a strange film. The first time I watched it, after about 20 minutes, I thought I'd made a mistake - it seemed directionless and disjointed. But I stuck with it. At the end, I thought 'I've got to watch that again'.

The second time I watched it, I was engrossed from the beginning. It is a really beautiful film, and so, so sad. It's about four damaged people. It's about delusion and illusion. A girl who is trying to make suicide into an art form, a young man whose fiancée didn't turn up for their marriage, a man looking for his son and mourning the death of his daughter. All these people inhabit a thoroughly mundane London. But the fourth lives in Meanwhile City - where everyone, except him, has a religion and non-believers are hunted by the police. The police look like old-fashioned 'Peelers' with high top-hats and dark glasses. Meanwhile City is very reminiscent of Brazil. But the religions are not fanatical - how about 'The Seventh Day Manicurists' - it's simply that you must have one.

The story cuts from the dark, Gothic Meanwhile City straight to the broad daylight concrete ordinariness of Centre Point - it's really jarring and unwelcome, but slowly the stories start to intertwine, the motives and backgrounds start becoming clearer - and the gradually unfolding tragedy becomes more and more compelling. And the end had me in tears.

It's not a sci-fi film, whatever it may be billed as. It's a story about damaged people trying to make sense of what's happened and is happening to them - it's just extreme.

Honestly, it's a mess of a film but it's somehow beautiful, entrancing too. It stays with you. I've got to watch it again.
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This film did not get well reviewed on release, but I have to admit that I liked it a lot. There are three characters in three plot strands set in present day London. They are all people dealing with loss and vacancies in their lives. The forth character is also dealing with a similar painful loss, but his way of coping is to retreat into an alternative city, called Meanwhile, and so his strand is distinctly sci-fi. This vaguely steam-punky (and very Gothic) city is neatly meshed with the real London, with regard to both the plot and how the vast computer-created vistas blend with bits of real London. There's much filming around the Naval College in Greenwich, as ever, with the roofscape of the Victoria and Albert Museum featuring too, I think, and the interior of the Royal Courts of Justice. I think that if this film had done without the sci-fi bits and had a name like Michael Winterbottom attached to it it would've got better reviews, and been very much less interesting.
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A mysterious masked man called Jonathan explains that he is going to kill someone that night, we then get the backstory leading up to this event...

...His retrospective tells of the grip of religion, how it is used for social control, and how he is investigating one such religious group who have abducted a girl - one whom he is tasked with rescuing. After learning that the girl was killed he is arrested and gaoled, only to be released four years later on condition that he kill the man responsible for the girl's death. Freedom and revenge - a sweet deal.

This is filmed as a dark fantasy with massive gothic buildings and impressive cityscapes which look like something from Tolkien blended with Blade Runner. This contrasts against the other plotlines which are set in contemporary Britain. The dark fairytale and the modern stories both have parallels, the same characters appear and the plots intertwine. It feels a bit messy at first but after a while you can see how the stories are starting to converge and eventually they intersect, the separate plots come together and we see where the stylistic gothic plot involving the masked man originates.

I heard that many people gave up on this film after watching for a while and finding the various sub plots dauntingly difficult to understand, but everything makes sense in the end, and if you can't see it coming after while then you'll certainly recognise it during the final scenes. Franklyn seems to have been marketed in away which appealed to fans of comicbook action films only to disappoint them. I must admit that I thought it was along those sorts of lines, but it isn't.
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I can see why this film has had some poor ratings but I think this is unfair and possibly because they thought they were going to watch a sci-fi film - it is not, it is more like a fantasy but it is not that either.. I don't want to give anything of the storyline away except to say that this is a film that is set in reality and is about hope, despair, love and faith. It revolves around four central characters whose lives eventually intertwine. Eva Green is superb as the fragile, tormented art student. The film is somewhat difficult to understand what is happening at first but don't let that put you off, it is deliberate on the part of the writer/director. Just persevere and accept what you see and all will be revealed, then you can watch it again. It is everything a good film should be.
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