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Franklyn (2008)

James Faulkner , Bernard Hill , Gerald McMorrow  |  R |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: James Faulkner, Bernard Hill, Art Malik, Kika Markham, Susannah York
  • Directors: Gerald McMorrow
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: November 17, 2009
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002KLQ2Z4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,733 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Four souls bound by fate, romance and tragedy collide in the parallel worlds of London and the futuristic Meanwhile City, where a single bullet will alter the course of their lives forever. A masked detective, a self-destructive art student, a desperate father, and a lovelorn romantic are just a few of the unforgettable characters in this visually stunning fantasy thriller starring Eva Green (Casino Royale), Sam Riley (Control), Ryan Phillippe (Crash), Richard Coyle (Coupling), Bernard Hill (The Lord of the Rings), Art Malik (The Wolf Man), and Susannah York (Superman).

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Frank Miller Meets The Dark Knight Meets Brazil March 5, 2010
Format:Blu-ray
Once in a blue moon, a film comes along that defies genre identification ...and so goes FRANKLYN, a movie that transcends anything you think you've ever seen. A hybrid in terms of style, Franklyn might best be described as Frank Miller (the artist) meets The Dark Knight (Batman) in Brazil (the movie). I say this because none of these items alone help explain the convoluted-ness that is this story, and none should. It goes beyond them. Way beyond them.

Visually appealing on almost every level, Franklyn has two divergent stories that seem to have nothing to do with each other. In one we're privy to a kind of superhero trying to avenge the death of a young girl whom we know nothing about. He chases after "The Individual" in a city known as Meanwhile. Looking, as stated earlier, somewhere along the lines of a Frank Miller graphic mixed with a kind of Dark Knight quality, the story intrigues and makes us cheer on the main character, Jonathan Preest (Ryan Philleppe, Flags of Our Fathers). I mean, trying to avenge the death of an innocent girl is noble, right? Equally intriguing within the city of Meanwhile are the many religions that flourish, including the Seventh Day Manicurists. Everyone is required to have a religious affiliation ...except our "hero" who is subsequently tracked by highly skilled fighting monks.

In the second story, a woman named Emilia (Eva Green, The Golden Compass) tries to come to terms with her life and her art.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique film, very good Blu November 15, 2009
Format:Blu-ray
One of those films where even as the credits roll, you almost want to say WTF just happened mixed with knowing you just watched a great little movie.

Story descriptions that I have read here and elsewhere can confuse more often than help, but a quick summary could include two "parallel" worlds in London converging over the course of the story, culminating in a final climactic event that ties all of the stories (real and imagined) together. Meanwhile, the visuals and sounds are conveyed eloquently and with outstanding Blu clarity. The picture is tested in every single Meanwhile City panoramic, and each time I would pause it to look for flaws and holes - but couldn't really find any. There are very few scenes with bright colors, but when they show up the saturation/contrast is just right. The DTS was ideal. Reference the scene with Ryan's character surrounding the snake guy, or any of the off-camera sounds being moved around the channels perfectly (answering machine shots, hospital sounds, etc.) Phillippe's voice does not the have the ideal inflections for a film-length narration, but you get through it because it is usually over the fantasy world sequences where you might spend more time looking at all they are putting before you.

The supplements include:

* A brief ad-plug style making of that should definitely be watched after the movie (gives away all of the twists).
* Interviews. They all last 32 minutes total, and can be watched individually or as a play all. Main cast and crew are dryly interviewed on set, but they give some vital info on the inspiration, logistics and (appropriately) some of the confusion people have in trying to describe everything that is Franklyn.
* Deleted scenes.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting film. Certainly worth the sale rental. December 7, 2009
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Interesting film. Certainly worth the sale rental. Worth a watch if for nothing else than the interesting and somewhat unique settings. I'll be heavily recommending this to a few friends very into The City of Lost Children and Donnie Darko.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fragmented, self-indulgent glimpse of insanity January 5, 2010
By TGav
Format:DVD
**No Spoilers** , just this: the cover art is deceiving. This is no fantasy world, time travel adventure/thriller. It deals with serious, mature topics in the present and real world. So those expecting an escapist "Dark City" et al. genre will be sorely disappointed.

The viewer is tossed right in the middle of four unrelated characters's lives each on the crest of life changing personal turmoil. Paced episodically, we have no history as to how the character reached that particular state in their life, but as the movie unfolds a workable sketch emerges just enough to satisfy our curiosity about that person's circumstance.

The fun in watching this movie- and the principal motivating factor to continue viewing- lies in figuring out how will all these unrelated plot lines ultimately be tied in and reconciled. In this regard Franklyn succeeds in delivering an unexpected twist, but does so awkwardly.

The main problem with this movie is that most of the characters are rather unsympathetic, superficial and self indulgent. It is difficult to form a bond with them or care much about their problems. The "fantasy future world" of religious dystopia offers the most satisfying experience, rich with atmosphere and some biting sarcasm. However, this "world" remains marginal to the overall theme.

Because of this tepid interest in the characters, even as the build up to some inevitable conclusion, it's more about detached curiosity of how the writers will reconcile the plot rather than sincere involvement with the movie itself. Some will call the inclusion of Meanwhile City a tease, but what it represents is really a pun. Pity the whole of the movie didn't take place there.
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5.0 out of 5 stars For a B movie it was great, and I'd recommend it to anyone
So I watched this on a whim and wasn't expecting much out do it. But I have to say, it was creative, and kept me guessing till the end. Read more
Published 5 days ago by NecroticMask
5.0 out of 5 stars Unknown but Compelling, Complex & Original (even profoundly Haunting)...
I had never heard of this film before = it is British-made, and I don't think it ever received a wide-US release in Theaters. Read more
Published 23 days ago by Book & Music thief, from HI
5.0 out of 5 stars i know it will be good one day
sadly, i fell asleep watching it on my first attempt. I'm sure I will view it again and enjoy it in the future. As those Brits say: "Can't lose with Evergreen!"
Published 4 months ago by Mike
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
I love this movie, in my opinion it's one of Eva Green's best. I got it used but still in working condition without even a scratch.
Published 6 months ago by Christine
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful story
I greatly enjoy this movie. The multiple plot layers that all slowly weave into each other to the end are compelling and draw you in.
Published 6 months ago by Caleb J. Malcom
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this sleeper
Found this movie on Amazon instant video by chance and absolutely love it. Be patient when starting to watch it. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Adrian P. Gee
4.0 out of 5 stars Weird but satisfying
Engrossing visual style, not-quite-sensical serpentine plot and a low-key turn by Ryan Phillipe - This movie was better than I feared but not as good as I hoped. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Kipp Hunter McMichael
2.0 out of 5 stars Not Hard to Follow, Cliche
I didn't find this one hard to follow, as some have said.. seeing a lot of time-sliders, multi-dimension, mind-of-insanity types.. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Medley
2.0 out of 5 stars Lacks Substance
This movie is interesting to look at for a while, but failed to really capture my attention. I turned it off about 20 minutes in.
Published 12 months ago by B Wo
5.0 out of 5 stars great film that makes you think
This is a very well directed and executed film that takes you an a strange and entertaining ride.
The art direction, costume design is well done and for such an ambitious film... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Jean Renard
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