Friday, March 4, 2011

Dark And Layered With Meaning

As if we need an excuse to watch a movie starring the daring Eva Green...

The 2008 movie Franklyn is set in a futuristic dystopian theocracy where secrets have become lies.  Or is it?  Directed by Gerald McMorrow, this science fiction flavored psychological thriller is stylish and visually rich, recalling V for Vendetta, Dark City, and Blade Runner, among others.  For some reason I am always surprised Ryan Phillipe can act, but he does well here.  The delightful Eva Green carries the emotional heart of the story, much of which is set in modern day London.  Actor Bernard Hill, most memorable as Theoden in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, does a nice turn as a grieving father seeking a long lost son.  The film weaves themes of estrangement, art, suicide, remorse, loss, madness, religion, and acts of redemption in moments of clarity.  It's not a perfect film, but it's a fine way to make use of your NetFlix watch instantly subscription some dark and quiet winter evening.