Killing Bono [Blu-ray]
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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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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.
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.Read more ›
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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Terrible. Hard to follow. Incoherent really. Bad characterization, flawed directing and badly edited.Published 6 months ago by luis a carvalho
Right off I'll tell you I'm a big fan of Neil McCormick's memoir, 'Killing Bono'. In it he relates going to school with the future members of U2 in a wry, self-deprecating tone. Read morePublished 14 months ago by L. Alper
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 morePublished on September 4, 2014 by M. Jensen
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 on August 11, 2014 by Kathy Elliott
This movie was recommended to me, I wasn't impressed. Long, drawn out, no point. Even for a comedy it was lame.Published on July 10, 2014 by David Gould
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