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Franklyn (2008)




Critic Consensus: Gerald McMorrow's bold debut is a complex and ambitious film that highlights the director's potential, but its multi-layered story takes time to develop and might be frustrating for some.

Movie Info

Set between the parallel worlds of contemporary London and the futuristic metropolis of Meanwhile City, "Franklyn" weaves a tale of four lost souls, whose lives are intertwined by fate, romance and tragedy. As these worlds collide, a single bullet determines the destiny of these four characters.more
Rating: R (for language)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Mystery & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Gerald McMorrow
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 17, 2009
Contender - Official Site


Eva Green
as Emilia/Sally
Ryan Phillippe
as Jonathan Preest
Bernard Hill
as Peter Esser
James Faulkner
as Pastor Bone
Stephen Walters
as Wormsnakes
Art Malik
as Tarrant
Susannah York
as Margaret
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Critic Reviews for Franklyn

All Critics (29) | Top Critics (2)

'Franklyn' has conceptual boldness and visual imagination that set it apart from the pack.

Full Review… | February 27, 2009
Time Out
Top Critic

Ultimately it doesn't quite work, but along the way it is easy to be somewhat sucked in, especially by Eva Green's suicidal artist and Sam Riley's emotionally shattered dreamer

Full Review… | November 7, 2009
Urban Cinefile

Franklyn is wonky and self-defeating: there are lots of gauche moments. Still, it's entertaining, and commendable for its strangeness.

Full Review… | March 6, 2009
Times [UK]

Franklyn is puzzling in a way some may think tiresome and others intriguing. Gerald McMorrow, whose first feature this is, has talent, but just as he starts tying up the loose ends, the film unravels.

Full Review… | March 6, 2009
Observer [UK]

If ambition and flair were the only hallmarks of a five-star film then Franklyn would be top of the class.

Full Review… | March 3, 2009
Daily Express

Look past the odd shortcoming in the storytelling, and there's a brave movie here, one that's prepared to tackle some weighty issues about religion and obsession.

Full Review… | March 3, 2009
SFX Magazine

Audience Reviews for Franklyn


McMorrow takes a bold shot in his directing debut, making an ambitious film that has a very original idea, but the problem is that the plot begins so complex and hard to understand that, by the time it reaches one hour, it is already too confusing for us to care.

Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer


A very strange, surreal film with great visuals for the fantasyland at least. The only problem you have to wait a long time before you get any idea of what is going on as we flick from modern day London to a future metropolis set city with strange looking characters. A solid cast and nice story that comes together....eventually, but it feels like a lot is left unexplained.

Dean King

Super Reviewer

Cast: Ryan Phillippe, Eva Green, Sam Riley, Bernard Hill, Jay Fuller, Art Malik, Kika Markham, Gary Pillai, Susannah York

Director: Gerald McMorrow

Summary: In the futuristic Meanwhile City, a masked vigilante (Ryan Phillippe) seeks out his nemesis while in contemporary London, an art student (Eva Green) attempts to kill herself, a heartbroken lover (Sam Riley) looks for someone new and a father (Bernard Hill) searches for his son. Writer-director Gerald McMorrow sci-fi drama follows these desperate individuals as their lives become intertwined by fate.

My Thoughts: "Completely through me for a loop, and I felt so lost for the majority of the film. Then by the end comes the AHA moment and all makes since in that world. Very interesting movie. Eva Green is the star of the film though. Her acting was so tormented and beautifully done. I loved the look of the gothic dark city. It was depressingly beautiful. I can't say I loved the film, but it was and is worth the watch."


Super Reviewer

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