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Killing Bono [Blu-ray] (2011)

Robert Sheehan , Pete Postlethwaite , Nick Hamm  |  R |  Blu-ray
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Robert Sheehan, Pete Postlethwaite, Ben Barnes
  • Directors: Nick Hamm
  • Format: Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Arc Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 7, 2012
  • Run Time: 114 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0084NZEWY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,924 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Based on Neil McCormick's 2003 memoir Killing Bono: I Was Bono's Doppelgänger. The film loosely recreates the story of young Irish rocker McCormick and his younger brother, Ivan, who attempt to become rock stars but can only look on as their secondary school friends form U2 and become the biggest band in Ireland.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ENTERTAINING ROCK FILM September 30, 2011
This movie is based on a true story. There were 2 friendly rival bands playing in Dublin. One of them changed their name to "U2" and we know the rest of that story. Bono, wanted the guitar player off the rival band. Rather than directly ask the guitar player, Ivan, he asks his brother Neil, the band's leader, who refuses. Neil believes his band will become better than U2 (who haven't cut their first album) and he is doing Ivan a favor. Ivan doesn't realize he had a chance to play for what will be the world's most popular band until...

Meanwhile, in order to become big, the band gets involved with the Irish mafia. They end up playing strip joints before borrowing money to go to London. Finally near the end of the movie, we understand the title. Neil believes all his problems are caused by Bono...if he could just kill him. The movie title is a hook and has little to do with this extraordinary film, a must for rock fans.

Martin McCann did an excellent job playing Bono. The movie was funny and entertaining.

"Remember only this: the measure of a man is what's left when fame falls away... oh, and another thing: get as much sex as you can!"

F-bomb, sex, nudity.

No members of U2 were harmed in making this film.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
This 2011 comedy-with-a-hard-edge derives its screenplay from Neil McCormick's semi-autobiographical 2003 book `Killing Bono: I Was Bono's Doppelgänger'. Shot mainly in Belfast (which doubles for the film's 1980s Dublin and London locations) and directed by Nick Hamm, the result is clever, witty and entertaining.

The core of the story is that, contemporaneously with the embryonic U2 - who initially called themselves `The Hype' - another schoolboy band in Dublin led by the McCormack brothers, Neil (the older, played by Ben Barnes) and Ivan (the younger, talented, guitar player played by Robert Sheehan) was starting up. Neil believes his band to be better than Bono's outfit, so when Bono asks Neil to release his brother Ivan from his band because he wants him for U2, Neil declines - the first in a long line of poor decisions on Ivan's behalf which costs his younger brother an `A-list' musical career.

The story then develops as in parallel with U2's rapid international success, Neil and Ivan stumble from one hilarious episode to the next and suffer continuous frustration and disappointment in `making it big'. Invariably, Neil makes poor decisions even when opportunity comes knocking and always believes his band - `Shook Up' - can make it with no help from U2, who offer to get them a recording contract and a place as support band on their tour, which Neil declines without ever consulting his brother.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Entertainment and Quite Funny October 15, 2011
Killing Bono is one of those films which has received surprisingly little public recognition, but which has been rated highly by nearly everyone who has seen it. It certainly deserves a much wider audience.

The story line is based on Neil and Ivan McCormick, who were contemporaries of Bono and the other members of U2. Like U2, they had a sixth form band and high aspirations. Neil always felt that his band should be at least as successful as Bono's and as U2 became the most successful band on the planet, this rivalry prompts him to make a series of disastrous mistakes as he seeks the success he craves. As the older brother he tends to make decisions, normally bad ones, without consulting Ivan. Ivan is also blissfully unaware that Bono wanted to recruit him for U2, but Neil vetoed it, and is understandably less than delighted when he does eventually discover this. Neil seems to have a special talent for getting Shook Up booked for the most inappropriate gigs. The one which clashed with the Pope's visit to Ireland and another in a sleazy strip joint being particularly hilarious.

This is quite a light hearted film, at times very funny and the sound track is excellent. When we hear the music of Shook Up, the McCormicks' band, it is actually rather good which really makes you wonder why they sunk without trace and were not more successful. There are some very good performances, notably by the late Pete Postlethwaite making his last appearance as Karl, the landlord, and Peter Serafinowicz as Hammond, the wonderfully insincere agent. Highly recommended!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent movie but the book was much better February 9, 2014
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U2 was the soundtrack to my youth and they, amazingly, continue to not suck even though they have been famous for so long. Decent movie but the book was much better, as it more accurately portrays the real relationship between all concerned. The book even has a foreward from Bonno, so you know he gets the humor in it all. The movie deviates significantly from reality and even what was portrayed in the book. For instance, the gun thing never happened and was added by writers doing the screenplay for sow drama and action, pretty disturbing but whatever. Anyway, the movie is not bad and worth seeing but the book it's based on is really great.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Killing Time
An interesting concept turned into a simply awful movie. Too simplistic an approach, and the actors were so bad at pretending to play their instruments it was impossible to... Read more
Published 1 month ago by M. Jensen
2.0 out of 5 stars Who would want to kill Bono?
Movie wasn't what I expected, Have to say it was way too long...drawn out like many European films. So happy their goal wasn't achieved.
Published 2 months ago by Kathy Elliott
2.0 out of 5 stars This movie was recommended to me
This movie was recommended to me, I wasn't impressed. Long, drawn out, no point. Even for a comedy it was lame.
Published 3 months ago by David Gould
3.0 out of 5 stars Killing Bono
I only got this to see Robert Sheehan in a movie. Movie was interesting.I didnt know this was a true story.
Published 13 months ago by Carolann Hubbard
1.0 out of 5 stars Dumb Sexist Movie
Super sexist. Women only appear in this movie as sex objects. As U2 fans, we are ruined for misogyny because women are portrayed as full human beings in U2 songs, and in the... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Denise
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movies for people that love U2..
The era is the late 1970's/80's...start of U2 fame and their competition...another Dublin band. It is hysterical.. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
I love my man, Ben. What a brilliant actor and singer. I'm so glad I finally got to buy this film. It is a definite must for anyone! Read more
Published 14 months ago by Lauren
5.0 out of 5 stars Killing Bono DVD
I am a huge U2 fan so my collection would not be complete without this DVD. I have read the book & enjoyed the movie.
Published 15 months ago by Mickey
5.0 out of 5 stars great way to remember how great 80's rock was before the hair bands...
As a card-carrying member of the U2 fan club, I'm a little biased, but this is movie is brilliant and funny!
Published 16 months ago by pharmer2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Killing Bono The Movie
I love this movie. I would say that this is one of my favorite movies. It is funny and entertaining. I also enjoyed seeing the outdoor sceneries of Ireland.
Published 19 months ago by K. D. Stout
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