The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1
"I wish she was dead. I wish they were all dead. And we were too," Finnick Odair (Sam Claflin) to Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence)
Post-traumatic stress suffered by teenagers. Each instalment in the franchise is reaching for bolder sophistication. Opening and closing images, depicting the mentally battered, bookend a surprisingly bleak blockbuster. Katniss cowering in a service room, pleading for five more minutes to get her mind right, overwhelmed by survivors’ guilt, is how the audience is greeted.
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“Awake, arise, or be forever fallen,” opening quote taken from Milton’s PARADISE LOST
“The devil never gets to be the hero,” Ignatius (Daniel Radcliffe) to brother Terry (Joe Anderson)
A supernatural murder mystery whodunnit, romantic thriller, with Daniel Radcliffe sporting devil protrusions from his head; what’s not to be intrigued by? From the director of nuttily exciting SWITCHBLADE ROMANCE (a.k.a. HAUTE TENSION), the antiquatedly named Ignatius Perrish (Radcliffe) is romancing childhood sweetheart Merrin Williams (Juno Temple) on a blanket in the woods. Dizzying camerawork is accompanied by David Bowie’s ‘Heroes’ on a record player. Cut from the idyll to Ig waking up hungover, stubble covered and sprouting cranial outgrowths. Camped outside his home is the town’s media, as he is prime suspect in the rape and murder of Merrin. HORNS chops up the narrative timeline as we journey to discover who perpetrated the heinous crime.
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