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.


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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.

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Critic Reviews for Franklyn

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (3)

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

Feb 27, 2009 | Rating: 3/6 | Full Review…
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He is aiming high. And yet, to use a recondite and specialist critical term, this film is massively up itself.

Feb 27, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

A clever idea that could have worked as a novella, the urban-fantasy-cum-sci-fier Franklyn doesn't cut it by the bigscreen rulebook.

Oct 22, 2008 | Full Review…
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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

Nov 7, 2009 | Full Review…

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

Mar 6, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | 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.

Mar 6, 2009 | Full Review…

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 Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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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
Dean King

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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."


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This shuffles together a fantastical, comic-bookish vision of life in the strange world of Meanwhile City and runs it parallel to a story set in present-day London. This story made me confused and looked really strange. The fantasy action suffers from wobbly choreography, and the backstory traumas are, disappointingly, merely textbook plot devices - but it's well acted by all.

Dean McKenna
Dean McKenna

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