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What if a child from another world crash-landed on Earth, but instead of becoming a hero to mankind, he proved to be something far more sinister? With Brightburn, the visionary filmmaker of Guardians of the Galaxy and Slither presents a startling, subversive take on a radical new genre: superhero horror.
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I went to see Brightburn this weekend, intrigued by the previews. It opens when a childless couple in Kansas (sounds familiar) see a UFO crash on their farm (also sounds familiar) and inside they find an infant boy (still familiar). They hide the spacecraft under a trap door in their barn (more familiarity) and adopt the child (endlessly familiar). It’s the Superman origin story to a letter, but that’s where the similarities end.
Fast forward to the boys twelfth birthday. He is beginning to be a real problem, demanding all sorts of unreasonable things and even resorting to violence when crossed, like breaking a female classmate’s hand. Things begin to get very nasty, and his parents suspect that he is more different from them than they initially realized. Before long, the whole thing breaks down and they learn that they made a major mistake by keeping him as their own.
This film had lots going for it in the first hour, if you like suspense, terror and especially gore. The gory scenes were about as horrifying as you could expect, and some of the bloodier scenes were chilling indeed.
But the second half of the film took a much darker turn than I expected, and the ending was marred by several plot holes that could not be overcome. The final scene was far less than satisfactory in my view, and I left the theatre unsatisfied. I have several friends who were looking forward to this movie, and I hope for their sake that they like it better than I.
If you like gore in the extreme (think Hostel), blood and violence, you may enjoy it. But if you’re looking for the first “evil superhero” as the previews promise, you may be in for a letdown. Cast is good, special effects are so-so.
I have ordered the Blu-Ray, but I pretty much get everything that comes out in the sci-fi / superhero / fantasy category, good bad or indifferent. I give it three stars.
The 4K HDR wasn’t the best, I’d say not a huge improvement over the standard bluray. I don’t have a immersive Soundsystem So I can’t really say much about the audio. It’s good but I don’t think you’ll miss much picking up the standard bluray.
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