Heartless (2010)


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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 discovers that they are something other than human. He then is led into a Faustian deal that will see him become a party to the terrifying chaos around him. Part DONNIE DARKO, part Guillermo del Toro, this dark urban tale takes its audience to the darkest and most violent corners of the human heart. The film also stars Clémence Poésy, Noel Clarke, Joseph Mawle, Eddie Marsan, Luke Treadaway and Timothy Spall, and was produced by Pippa Cross and Richard Raymond. The film recently won the Best Independent Film Award at the Toronto After Dark Festival. -- (C) IFC

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All Critics (39) | Top Critics (8)

A highly imaginative if often darkly disturbing work that even at its most seemingly outlandish remains intriguing and involving.

Dec 9, 2010 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

"Heartless" is an uneasy mixture of B-movie shocks, social commentary and sentimentality that shows a potent imagination at work.

Nov 19, 2010 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

It doesn't go anywhere special or much of anywhere, though it goes there in appreciably icky style.

Nov 18, 2010 | Rating: 2.5/5

A moody, portentous tale of demons running amok on the streets of London.

Nov 18, 2010 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
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With erratic success, Heartless tries a number of different veins.. but it's on firmest footing as a macabre comedy.

Nov 16, 2010 | Full Review…

There's more mood than matter here, but suspenseful atmospherics effectively distract from minor plot holes.

Oct 27, 2010
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The first 2/3'rds of this movie was very interesting, different, and unusually intriguing. After that, however, it took a nose dive into "huh?". I wasn't at all getting where they decided to take the story..what happened, why it happened, or what any of it meant. Too bad....

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

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A British thriller about a young man who has a birthmark across his face and body, everyone stares at him as shun's him no matter what he does or where he goes, father dead passing on the hobby of Photography to him. While out shooting pictures he stumbles across so deamon like creachters. We would also do anything to be loved by a beautiful girl. Doing anything means making a pact with the devil, the pact is he must kill someone once a month or face the consequecis. Pretty good thriller, 3 1/2 stars

Bruce Bruce
Bruce Bruce

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Heartless is the B-Movie Arthouse film that takes on a unique interpretation to one's sense of reality with bizarre details both in production design and the protagonist's outlook. This imaginative script has the potential to go more deeply in to it's essence of darker urban horror and psychological feats. But nonetheless, it's a good watch of a thriller that nowadays are lacking.

Jakey Labios
Jakey Labios

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Jamie, a photographer with a disfiguring birthmark sees demons on the streets of London, then is drawn into a Faustian deal with a sinister character known as "Papa B." Ambitious in scope with some effective scenes (especially the scene where Jamie first strikes the Hellish bargain with Papa B), but the mix of dramatic character study, social commentary, surrealism, and horror movie cliches doesn't always gel.

Greg S
Greg S

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