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Heartless (2009)

Jim Stugess , Vera Drake , Philip Ridley  |  NR |  DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jim Stugess, Vera Drake, Noel Clarke
  • Directors: Philip Ridley
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: MPI Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: April 12, 2011
  • Run Time: 114 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004JWWT7W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #105,953 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Acclaimed visionary director Philip Ridley ("The Reflecting Skin," "The Passion of Darkly Noon") returns to the screen after a fourteen-year absence with this chilling tale of supernatural forces unleashing "a delirious London nightmare" (Cath Clarke, The Guardian). Jamie Morgan (Jim Stugess, "Across the Universe") is a talented young photographer whose disfiguring birthmark makes him feel an outsider in the rough patch of East London he calls home. Developing pictures he s taken in an abandoned lot, Jamie sees a hooded figure peering from behind a window. Investigating, he stumbles into a horrific world of reptilian monsters posing as street gangs, violence inflicted on the most innocent, and a demon (Joseph Mawle) with the power to offer Jamie everything he s ever dreamed of -- at a deadly price. This dark "urban fairy tale" (Nick Pinkerton, Village Voice) offers echoes of both "Donnie Darko" and Michelangelo Antonioni s "Blow-Up." The superb British cast includes Ruth Sheen ("Vera Drake"), Timothy Spall ("The King s Speech"), Eddie Marsan ("Happy-Go-Lucky"), and Clemence Poesy ("Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows"). This "bracingly ambitious mixture of Faustian fantasy and graphic urban thriller" (Allan Hunter, The Daily Express) is like nothing else, heartstopping and darkly beautiful.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Careful what you wish for December 12, 2010
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Philip Ridley is an artist, a writer and a film director whose work is considered unconventional and unique in every form he touches. Some how he manages to marry all of these forms in his most recent HEARTLESS, including writing the lyrics to the many songs by David Julyou that play such an important role in the unfolding of this visit to the Faust legend. It is harsh, dark, disturbing, and at times a bit over the top as far as his need to make visual things that go bump in the dark. But in the end, with the incomparable help of featured actor Jim Sturgess, he makes it work.

Jamie Morgan (Jim Sturgess) is a young 25-year old photographer living in a squalid area of London with his loving mother (Marion Morgan): Jamie bears a birthmark on his face and the upper torso that makes him the victim of prejudice by the boys in the neighborhood and has resulted in his living the life of a recluse. Jamie's brother and nephew (Luke Treadway and Justin Salinger) stay close to the home but are preoccupied with other matters - some good some bad. Jamie longs for his departed father (Timothy Spall) who 'made the world make sense' and he longs for a relationship with a girl so that he can have a family and be normal. Walking the streets at night Jamie hears screams and witnesses sights that terrify him: he is aware that gangs rule the world and in time he is assaulted with his mother during a night walk and his mother is killed. In an attempt to find sense out of chaos Jamie becomes friends with a new neighbor AJ (Noel Clarke) and is offered a handgun by a local merchant (Frazer Ayers) 'to protect himself.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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Philip Ridley, the mind-boggling auteur behind "The Passion of Darkly Noon" and "The Reflecting Skin," has been missing in action from the cinematic world for too many years. Divisive and perplexing, these two films were declared brilliant in some camps and incomprehensible in others. But, I think that's why I like Ridley--you'll definitely have an opinion on his work. I was excited by the prospect of a new Ridley piece, and "Heartless" met most of my expectations. In some ways, "Heartless" is perhaps the most accessible of Ridley's films. A interesting commingling of urban horror, Faustian drama, and dementia--"Heartless" is a dark and brooding take on the world in decline. Shot from an almost apocalyptic world view, there is an unrepentant bleakness to "Heartless" that makes the case that violence and chaos are necessary evils to keep society in check.

Jim Sturgess plays London photographer Jamie Morgan. Morgan has a large heart-shaped birthmark covering half his face, and this affliction has kept him somewhat insulated from a traditional social life. The first third of "Heartless" plays most conventionally as horror as the city is besieged by attacks that might be otherworldly in nature. After a traumatic personal loss, things take a shift when Morgan has the opportunity to make a "deal with the devil" for a chance at normalcy. And as grand as that may seem, it comes at a cost he may be unable to pay. Becoming a more active participant in life may make him complicit in its grotesqueries. As with other Ridley films, there are elements of fantasy and surrealism and different viewers may interpret things differently.

I've remained purposely vague about most of the film's plot, it's best to let it unfold naturally.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jim Sturgess is excellent in this movie! March 6, 2011
By Summer
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I saw the trailer for 'Heartless' before a movie and I immediately looked on amazon to see if they had it. They didn't at the time, and now the dvd release is set for April. So I went on Amazon.uk and it was available there. 'Heartless' isn't your everyday horror movie and can't be compared to anything else I've seen. It's dark, has lyrics, most sung by actor, Jim Sturgess, that really make you feel the pain of the main character. The movie takes you on a wild ride inside Jamie's (Jim Sturgess) mind. At times you don't know what's real or not. It's definitely a movie that will keep you on the edge of your seat, anticipating what will happen next. The ending is a complete surprise which made me want to watch it again to see if I could notice any hints of what was to come. Even after watching it a second time, I wouldn't hesitate to see it again. It's got a certain appeal to it - I can't think of a way to describe it, it's just a feeling. I would definitely recommend buying it, especially if you like Jim Sturgess or movies set in the UK.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Weird, scary & yes, it does have heart... June 12, 2011
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Watching Heartless I couldn't help but be reminded of Angel Heart & Jacob's Ladder, 2 other occult horror masterpieces. This is not to say that Heartless imitated those movies in any way. I just think that there is a very short list of quality supernatural horror movies and this is certainly one of them. The acting was excellent and Jim Sturgess shined as the tormented main character. The special effects were subtle but effectively grotesque and horrifying. The take on Beezelbub was very well done and a nice companion piece to Robert DeNiro's version of Satan in Angel Heart. I won't go on and on giving a play-by-play of what happens in the movie because that will only spoil it for anyone considering watching this for the first time. I will only say that this film makes an interesting argument that good people are sometimes capable of doing very bad things. I found myself sympathetic towards the main character and hoping that he would somehow find his way out of his horrible predicament.
If you like intelligent, psychological horror that leaves some things open to the viewer's interpretation, this might be a film that you really appreciate.
Great stuff for discerning horror fans.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Heartless
Not mine. Bought it for my son. He liked it. You should see it if you like monster movies.Thank you. This is to completed the twenty word requirement. I guess.
Published 11 months ago by Marvin J. Collins
3.0 out of 5 stars It's okay
It was kind of confusing and the ending was very disappointing. I wouldn't waste my time with watching this again.
Published 13 months ago by Sarah Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars A Recipe for Horror and Hope
For me, HEARTLESS was one of those hidden gems. A diamond in the rough - the rough being a slew of egregious gorror films and cliched supernatural redundancies. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Joseph Dicristofano
3.0 out of 5 stars A Naive Faust, A Nasty Mephisto, A Twisted Journey
All Faust stories have a common theme. An individual wants something that could reasonably be granted only by supernatural forces. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars When Fantasy and Reality Violently Collide
Although this movie is classified as horror, I would argue against "Hearltess" being placed into this genre. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Todd O'Rourke
5.0 out of 5 stars Sturgess is the Best
Ever since I saw Sturgess in "Across the Universe", I have sought his films. This one is epic. I loved every moment. Read more
Published 21 months ago by PR GUY
5.0 out of 5 stars i love it!
I loved this movie this was an entertaining movie and i found it quite lovely infact and i love this actor he is one of the best actors of all times he is so so sexy and so good... Read more
Published on August 11, 2012 by Monica
5.0 out of 5 stars STUNNING, DARK AND BEAUTIFUL
For personal reasons, I will explain that I AM Jamie in this movie, in a different way, but I have felt like he does every single day of my life. Read more
Published on April 19, 2012 by Shannon M.
5.0 out of 5 stars Trippy Movie
I never could have guessed that this movie would be so entertaining from its title. It is filled with non-stop twisted action packed insanity, and as a horror author I loved every... Read more
Published on April 6, 2012 by TheWiz
4.0 out of 5 stars Happiness has a Price!
4 Stars = Classic

This film plays out like a Clive Barker story, though not written by Barker, I had to look & make sure, as the similarities are so close. Read more
Published on March 23, 2012 by JAMES MCCORMICK
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