Franklyn

2008, Romance/Mystery & thriller, 1h 38m

30 Reviews 5,000+ Ratings

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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. Read critic reviews

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Sometime in the future, masked vigilante atheist Jonathan Preest (Ryan Phillippe) seeks revenge against the leader of a high-tech city under the control of a religious regime. His quest is juxtaposed against the issues faced by certain individuals in contemporary London: depressed Emilia (Eva Green), who concocts suicidal performance art; heartbroken Milo (Sam Riley), who is attempting to find his true love; and devout Peter (Bernard Hill), who searches for his missing son, a tormented veteran.

Cast & Crew

Ryan Phillippe
Jonathan Preest, David Esser
Bernard Hill
The Individual, Peter Esser
Mark Wingett
Frank Grant
Peter Watson
Executive Producer
Joby Talbot
Original Music
Ben Davis
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Laurence Dorman
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Critic Reviews for Franklyn

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (11) | Fresh (17) | Rotten (13)

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

    March 6, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • An admirably non-formulaic drama, which manages to reconcile the opposed British film traditions of contemporary, realistic, low-key character drama with eccentric, flamboyant, Gothic fantasy. It certainly marks out McMorrow as a talent to watch.

    February 27, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • 'Franklyn' has conceptual boldness and visual imagination that set it apart from the pack.

    February 27, 2009 | Rating: 3/6 | Full Review…
  • It's a convoluted piece of storytelling that repays more on a visual level than on a logical one. But you can't fault its ambition and imagination.

    February 27, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • He is aiming high. And yet, to use a recondite and specialist critical term, this film is massively up itself.

    February 27, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • The spiralling plot lines slowly weave together with real dexterity, resulting in a payoff that's as unexpected as it is satisfying. A cracking sci-fi brainteaser.

    February 27, 2009 | Rating: 4/5
  • Franklyn is wonky and self-defeating: there are lots of gauche moments. Still, it's entertaining, and commendable for its strangeness.

    March 6, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • An admirably non-formulaic drama, which manages to reconcile the opposed British film traditions of contemporary, realistic, low-key character drama with eccentric, flamboyant, Gothic fantasy. It certainly marks out McMorrow as a talent to watch.

    February 27, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • 'Franklyn' has conceptual boldness and visual imagination that set it apart from the pack.

    February 27, 2009 | Rating: 3/6 | Full Review…
  • It's a convoluted piece of storytelling that repays more on a visual level than on a logical one. But you can't fault its ambition and imagination.

    February 27, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • 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

    November 7, 2009 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    March 6, 2009 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Franklyn

  • Nov 08, 2010
    In Meanwhile City, all people are welcome as long as they have a faith, my personal favorite being the Seventh Day Manicurists. Jonathan Priest(Ryan Phillippe) is a renegade without any who has tracked a missing child to Duplex Wry which is headed by the Individual. But then he finds out he is too late from Wormsnakes(Stephen Walters) who betrays him to the authorities. Meanwhile, in modern day London, Emilia(Eva Green) makes videos for her college classes that freak out everybody else, especially her mother(Susannah York), because emergency services are usually required. Into this troubled metropolis walk two strangers, Milo(Sam Riley) who is recovering from being jilted at the altar and Peter(Bernard Hill) who is hopefully moving towards his missing son. Okay, I know it is a cliche for any movie to point out that we are all connected but what separates the intelligent and challenging "Franklyn" is its unique approach that mixes in elements of the fantastic in its exploration of faith. While the split narrative works well(and the Meanwhile City segments look fabulous), I think the movie should have been longer to fully flesh out some of the plot strands and characters. And in the end, it does make sense while never taking the easy way out.
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 20, 2010
    This film is trying very hard to be clever but only really succeeds in "trying" very hard to be clever. The Meanwhile City scenes are quite stunningly well crafted whereas the everday scenes are - well - everyday and could have fallen out of any TV soap opera. Don't believe the hype that pushed this as an epic fantasy as, impressive as those scenes are, there're precious few of them.
    The S Super Reviewer
  • Aug 04, 2010
    I almost bought this movie twice, but didnt. Then I rented it and now I am very glad I didnt spend my money buying this. It was very odd and for a good long time I didnt understand what the point of several of the characters was. Even in the end there were still a lot of confusions, although I think I understood most of it. I think they were trying to make some sort of religious statement with this movie, but I really didnt understand what that was. Weird - and not in the good way. What did this movie teach me? Some people are just crazy.
    Sarah . Super Reviewer
  • Jul 12, 2010
    It's not groundbreaking but it is interesting. I really liked the Meanwhile City sets and costumes. And the score wasn't too bad.
    Daniel J D Super Reviewer

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