Blackbird (2013)




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BLACKBIRD is a film about a troubled teen who is falsely accused of planning a Columbine shooting scenario. It all begins when an unlikely bond forms between SEAN RANDALL (Connor Jessup) and a preppy teenage girl named DEANNA ROY (Alexia Fast). Deanna's boyfriend is deeply threatened by Sean and Deanna's friendship, resulting in a violent confrontation. Seeking to protect himself, Sean issues a death threat online, and is swiftly arrested. When the police raid Sean's home, they find rifles, shotguns, knives and ammunition - all property of Sean's father RICKY (Michael Buie), an avid hunter. They also find a sup- posed "revenge plan" targeting over twenty people who have tormented Sean. The authorities and the media proclaim another Columbine situation has been narrowly averted, and soon Sean faces a terrifying imprisonment in a youth detention facility. Sean's only hope is to overcome his dark image, and prove his innocence to Deanna and to his community. (c) Official Site
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Connor Jessup
as Sean Randall
Alexia Fast
as Deanna Roy
Michael Buie
as Ricky Randall
Alex Ozerov
as Trevor

Critic Reviews for Blackbird

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (2)

The clock starts to drag, and some energy is lost. But the movie displays a lot of promise both in front of and behind the lens.

Full Review… | May 10, 2013
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Credit to Buxton here for extracting conviction from such young actors. The performances aren't wholly redemptive, but they are compelling.

Full Review… | May 9, 2013
Globe and Mail
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This well-paced chase thriller stars Eric Bana and Olivia Wilde as sibling crooks on the run from a botched casino heist.

Full Review… | May 16, 2013
Radio Times

This debut feature from Nova Scotia filmmaker Jason Buxton offers a series of subtle revelations that challenge expectation without a hint of soapbox grandstanding or raging primal screams.

Full Review… | May 10, 2013

Though I appreciate Buxton's rookie attempt to present an alternative look at teen rage, I can't help seeing that this overreaching film goes nowhere with only clichés to guide it.

May 9, 2013

Told with a rare mix of humanity and procedural clarity that recalls, nay, honours the late, great Alan Clarke.

Full Review… | September 19, 2012
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Audience Reviews for Blackbird


A worrisome treatment of a teen in today's politically correct times.

Red Lats
Red Lats

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I enjoyed this troubled coming off age story, mainly due to the lead actor: Jessup. The film also had great direction. A story in which most people can relate to make it one to see.

Jarrin Rozenblad
Jarrin Rozenblad

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This incredible debut feature from Canadian Jason Buxton; is tense, unsettling, and unpredictably thought provoking. Purely centered on the the main character's motivations and those around him. Is he really as dangerous as he appears to be? or is it just bad luck that he's accused of the crimes he didn't/would never comit. It's a fascinating portrayal of youth wasted on the young and can compel any viewer who watches it. One of MIFF's Greatest Surprises!!!

Luke Eberhardt
Luke Eberhardt

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