Modern British Cult Cinema: Franklyn

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Franklyn paints a portrait of four lost souls – Jonathan Preest, a masked vigilante who seeks revenge against the overseer of the religious regime of Meanwhile City. Manic depressive Emilia, who concocts suicidal art performances. Forlorn Milo, who is desperately searching for his one true love, and Peter, who is investigating the disappearance of his missing son, an ex military veteran. These four lives intertwined by fate across parallel worlds eventually collide, as a single bullet determines their destiny.

Cast: Eva Green, Ryan Phillippe, Sam Riley, Bernard Hill, Richard Coyle, James Faulkner. Script by: Gerald McMorrow. Directed by: Gerald McMorrow.

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Franklyn is a visually rich and stunning film set across the dystopian landscape of parallel dimensions, Meanwhile City and contemporary London. It is within these dark ethereal perspectives that we encounter our four protagonists, each lost within themselves, and on an intertwined and fated path to ultimately affect each others lives, for good or ill.

Ryan Phillippe plays Preest, a masked atheist vigilante who resides in the religiously fervent Meanwhile City, a multi-faith metropolis that encourages the practice of all forms of religious reverence… except atheism. Cults and sects proliferate the city, and Preest has tasked himself with rescuing the unfortunate souls who have been kidnapped and converted into their nefarious schism. But tonight, on the rain sodden streets of this dark conurbation, loomed over by miles of cathedrals and temples, Preest is planning his revenge on the city’s religious rapture.

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Eva Green gives up an emotionally charged performance as Amelia, a gothic art student who is eternally embedded in a state of manic depression, rage and sorrow. Repeatedly committing attempts of suicide, for what she constantly tells herself is just part of her art project for her course, but each venture into self-sacrifice becomes decidedly more and more risky.

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Bernard Hill plays Esser, a father agonising over the disappearance of his estranged son, an ex military vet with psychogenic problems, with our quartet of protagonists rounded out by Milo, played by Sam Riley, a previously jilted spouse, whose life is thrust into emotional turmoil by the reappearance of his former childhood sweetheart.

When these parallel worlds eventually collide, a prescient bullet will inextricably change the course of these four strangers, linking their disconsolate lives in a single moment of coherence.

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Franklyn is a haunting rhapsody of gothic imagery, fantastic performances from the lead actors and a nonpareil story that slowly weaves itself from from four distinctly separate storylines into one beguiling twist that brings together the protagonists of the film, changing them irrevocably. 

Gerald McMorrow adapts his own script with a promising debut as a director, beautifully shot around various boroughs of London, with a solid and talented cast, and especially noteworthy performances from Eva Green and Ryan Phillippe. Franklyn is an evocative dark fairytale that provides a fascinating journey into life, love and loss. Highly recommended.

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Posted on April 22, 2017, in Horror, Movies and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 21 Comments.

  1. Haven’t heard of this. I’ll check it out.

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  2. And Eva Green. She’s always great.

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  3. I love the sound of this! Beautiful images, interesting plot and quite realistic setting. Atheism has been more repressed through history than any religion, I would say. Will see it, thanks.

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  4. This sounds pretty fantastic. I’m going to have to check it out.

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  5. Awesome post. This movie sounds really great. I really want to see it now. Oh! And I remember talking to you about The Crow recently and how I’d read the comic a while back but never seen the film but I finally watched it! lol Cupcakes and Machetes and I watched her copy of it this weekend because we were talking about blogs and your dark side of heroics post came up. She basically said it was heresy that I hadn’t seen it yet and had to change that immediately. I really liked it! 😀 I would definitely watch it again. It made me want to re-read the comic too since it’s been soooo long.

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    • I am so glad you enjoyed The Crow, it’s such a fantastic film, Brandon was so amazing in that role. I do adore the movie but it always leaves me tinged with sadness due to his death on set. There’s a rather poignant and prophetic interview with him in the special features section, his last onscreen interview before the tragedy where he talks about how short and unpredictable life is! This movie has a Crow like feel visually, it’s one of the best movies to come out of the UK in years to be honest, well worth a watch my friend. 🙂

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      • Nice! I just added it to my Netflix dvd rental queue. 😀 Can’t wait to see it!
        Yeah, The Crow was definitely a bittersweet watch since I was enjoying it so much but knowing what had happened to him in real life. It’s very sad. We didn’t watch the extras for it so that’s really interesting about the interview. It’s such a shame his life got cut so short.

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      • Every time I watch the interview I get rather teary eyed to be honest, I was such a huge fan of Brandon, such a promising life cut so short. He was only 28 when he died, his father Bruce Lee also died at an unbelievably young age also, just 33 years old. A terrible shame indeed, my friend.

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      • Yeah, it’s completely tragic what happened with that family. 😦 C&M and I were talking about how bad we felt for Brandon Lee’s mom having to lose first her husband, and then her son. It’s so sad.

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  6. Sounds like goth goodness!! Your vigilante rating system is so creative 😉

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  7. This sounds like it could be a cult classic.

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