Gerald McMorrow brings us Franklyna visually stunning dystopian fantasy for modern times. Set between the parallel worlds of contemporary London and the futuristic faith-dominated etropolis of Meanwhile City is the story of four lost souls divided by two parallel worlds. Preest (Ryan Phillippe) is the masked hero of Meanwhile City, Emilia (Eva Green) a beautiful young art-student whose suicidal art projects become increasingly deadly; Milo who has been jilted at the alter and is trying to find happiness. And finally there’s Esser (Bernard Hill), the desperate father who’s searching for his missing son. Franklyn weaves a tale of these four souls, whose lives are intertwined by fate, romance and tragedy. As these worlds collide, a single bullet determines the destiny of these four characters..
Preplexed at how I even chose this movie
- Franklyn review by Mooby
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This is not a Sci-Fi/ fantasy movie. It turns out to be about a psychiatric patient. A very uninteresting one.
It has a good start in an imaginative setting. Very similar to the Dark City but it all ends there within 5 minutes of the movie. Back and forth between two separate plots until half way through the movie the connection between the two "parallel worlds" becomes apparent. In fact, they are not two parallel worlds; it is all in the imagination.
The fast forward button of your DVD player will become very useful!
Born out of an earlier short film, first time director McMorrow takes the same inspiration and weaves it into a full length feature film. Immediately this tactic proves troublesome as you're left with many questions. Weaving three lost souls and one searcher spreads events too thinly. I would have liked more time in the alternate world, which looks wonderful and full of Terry Gilliam inspirations. Franklyn is different, featuring some strong designs that outstrip its budget. On Blu Ray its a great transfer, but the film lacks a real core and substance.