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Jim Sturgess (21, ACROSS THE UNIVERSE) leads a hugely-talented ensemble cast in this sublime British psychological thriller from cult UK director Philip Ridley (THE REFLECTING SKIN, THE PASSION OF DARKLY NOON), who returns to the screen after a 14-year absence. The film follows Jamie Morgan (Sturgess), born with a disfiguring birthmark across his face, which leaves him an outcast in rough East London. While wandering abandoned yards taking photographs, he comes across a gang of thugs and soon
Nov 19, 2010 Limited
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A highly imaginative if often darkly disturbing work that even at its most seemingly outlandish remains intriguing and involving.
"Heartless" is an uneasy mixture of B-movie shocks, social commentary and sentimentality that shows a potent imagination at work.
It doesn't go anywhere special or much of anywhere, though it goes there in appreciably icky style.
With erratic success, Heartless tries a number of different veins.. but it's on firmest footing as a macabre comedy.
There's more mood than matter here, but suspenseful atmospherics effectively distract from minor plot holes.
Ridley's coup de grace is a quiet, emotionally charged ending as surprising as it is bold.
While ambitious, 'Heartless' derails in a big way, stacking the deck with weird moments intended to give it some kind of cult status, without considering that films specifically designed to be "cult" are rarely the ones that actually are.
Earns points for combining two sub-genres (revenge and occult) into one surprisingly original tale of violence and redemption.
Heartless isn't as dazzling as The Reflecting Skin but it's nice to hear from Ridley again after all these years.
"Heartless" is a bit of a jumble, especially in its last third. But it's got a distinct tone, contrasting romance and even outright sentimentality with urban dread and a few nasty visuals.
an ambitious, disorienting film that plays fast and loose as much with its own generic identity (urban horror, social realism, morality drama, black comedy, psychothriller and fairytale allegory) as with its protagonist's meandering sense of reality.
Heartless is nothing if not imaginative. It's a visually bizarre update of the deal-with-the-devil "Faust" legend, with a range of amazing, hilarious, terrifying, and romantic images bashing up against one another in an eerily natural way.
A moody, portentous tale of demons running amok on the streets of London.
A shy, scarred photographer suspects that demons are behind the apparently senseless violence wracking his rundown London neighborhood in this ambitious horror-art movie hybrid.
It's a wicked film with convincing nightmarish imagery, but there's no story here to cling to, making this abyss of torment rather easy to disregard.
Finding actual emotional content in a horror flick is much too rare these days, so this is a cause to celebrate.
Though several sequences are gruesome enough to be watched only through splayed fingers, it's no generic horror flick, but one of the most original and audacious British psychological thrillers in a while.
Audience Reviews for Heartless
- Jamie: Digital photography is a rough sketch... but film? Film is like...
- Weapons Man: Ah, my wife would like that... she's got me to redecorate our bathroom. Wife wants it done out with gold taps and marble floor. That's fake gold and marble, needless to say. Still cost a fucking arm and a leg, though. Not to my taste. Looks like the fucking Palace of Versailles, want my opinion. Soaks herself morning, noon and night. Lavender and Bergamot bubble bath. She says, "I feel like Marie Antoinette." I said, "Well, you know what happened to her, don't ya?" She don't. She will. I've made plans. Certain kid I know's a dab hand with a chainsaw. Beautiful weapon. And talking of weapons... Business!
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