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3.1 of 5 from 477 ratings
1h 27min
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Synopsis:
What if a child from another world crash-landed on Earth, but instead of becoming a hero to mankind, he proved to be something far more sinister? With 'Brightburn', the visionary filmmaker of 'Guardians of the Galaxy' and 'Slither' presents a startling, subversive take on a radical new genre: superhero horror.
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
James Gunn, Kenneth Huang
Writers:
Brian Gunn, Mark Gunn
Studio:
Sony
Genres:
Action & Adventure, Horror, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
BBFC:
Release Date:
21/10/2019
Run Time:
87 minutes
Languages:
English, English Audio Description, Italian
Subtitles:
English, English Hard of Hearing, Italian
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.39:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Filmmaker Commentary
  • Creating a New Super Villain
  • Hero-Horror! - A Radical New Genre
  • Quick Burns - Vignette Social Series
BBFC:
Release Date:
21/10/2019
Run Time:
90 minutes
Languages:
English, English Audio Description, Italian
Subtitles:
English, English Hard of Hearing, Italian
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.39:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
(0) All
Bonus:
  • Filmmaker Commentary
  • Creating a New Super Villain
  • Hero-Horror! - A Radical New Genre
  • Quick Burns - Vignette Social Series
BBFC:
Release Date:
01/01/2003
Run Time:
90 minutes
Languages:
Canadian French, Castilian Spanish, English, English Audio Description, French Audio Description, Latin American Spanish
Subtitles:
English, English Hard of Hearing, French, Spanish
DVD Regions:
Region 0 (All)
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.39:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
(0) All
Bonus:
  • Filmmaker Commentary

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Reviews (9) of Brightburn

What If ? - Brightburn review by porky

Spoiler Alert
25/10/2019

What If Superman was a Psychopath ? .....well you would have Brightburn .

Interesting alternate story of the Alien Child growing up in a Loving Mid Western Childless Family the same as Clarke Kent ,Only This Child is Not a Force for Good.

Super Hero or Super Serial Killer ?

It doesn't take much to be One or the Other ,just the internal workings of a Specific Child's Mind , Nature or Nurture ? or Alien PreProgramming

Entertaining Horror /Superhero Cross over .

6 out of 6 members found this review helpful.

Interesting new genre - Superhero Horror - Brightburn review by SG

Spoiler Alert
28/11/2019

Mark Kermode said this was good so I tried it out - I wasn't going to watch it otherwise - and i can confirm it's a goodun! It has the usual child Superhero traits ...ie he finds himself and shows himself, but in essence its about the parents and nature v nurture rather than the superhero infant. I didn't even use the FFWD option so that says it all - it's a gripping film that gets under your skin. You root for him but also you don't root for him, if you get my drift. Elizabeth Banks is (always) excellent as his mum and the child actor is quite disturbing. BTW Michael Rooker is only in it for a few seconds, unfortunately (who can ever forget Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer). Its a dark and brooding B movie well worth your time.

2 out of 2 members found this review helpful.

Superhero movie which owes a lot to Superman and The Omen II - Brightburn review by PV

Spoiler Alert
11/11/2019

I am not a fan of superhero movies but this looks interesting and has got great reviews, so I gave it a go.

Initially I enjoyed it, but things get sillier as the movie proceeds until it's all more cartoon than drama with real-life characters.

The best film I have ever seen on the same theme is The Omen II - best views after watching the brilliant original. I found that far more interesting dramatically and thematically.

But then I am sure the superhero fan kids will love this.

For me it was OK - but no more than 3 stars.

1 out of 2 members found this review helpful.

Critic review

Brightburn review by Mark McPherson - Cinema Paradiso

My issue with Brightburn is not that it’s merely divergent for the sake of being divergent. It’s that the film didn’t have to be so base on its super-simple concept of “what if Superman was bad?” DC would dare not produce such a story for the big screen as that very story of Red Son would most likely face a lot of heat in the current climate. And so we have a superhero horror picture not based on any previous property with a super-fresh director at the helm. For what could’ve been a unique perspective on superhero movies that could use a good deconstruction, Brightburn burns out any of that appeal rather quick.

The story is exactly what it sounds. Brandon is an alien baby who crashlands in Kansas. A couple takes him in and raises the boy as their own. When he comes of age, they discover the boy has powers of super-strength, super-speed, flight, and heat vision. Superman stuff. But when he finally comes to realize his true origins, Brandon decides to use these powers more for evil than good. This isn’t a superhero film; it’s a horror film.

I refer to the film more as horror than superhero because in terms of deconstructing superheroes, Brightburn would rather stew in Brandon becoming a murderous psychopath with quality kills than tap into anything grander. Maybe the film didn’t desire such goals and just wanted to pose scenes of Superman using his heat vision to kill. Okay but it sure seems like a waste in the current crop of superhero films that Brightburn is little more than slight subversion. Yes, I know that “evil Superman kid kills” is such a solid sell that the film could’ve literally been called that and garner some excitement. The problem is that it’s little more than that.

But Superman going bad is nothing original, in any medium. I already mentioned Red Son in the comic books but there are plenty of other scenarios. In animation, you can find the finale of Superman: The Animated Series to not only showcase Superman being corrupted but questioning how much trust be can be lost from such a path. In film, the latest iteration of Superman has appeared as a destructive monster in three films, both intentionally and unintentionally. So this very concept isn’t all that unique, especially when its intent seems more about how cool it would be to watch Superman powers being used in an R-rated horror environment.

There’s also a very insidious intent with how Brandon goes down the dark path. It doesn’t seem to be out of any conditioning for the world around him or bore from social ills. No, Brandon apparently seems to have been bred to be a planet-destroying maniac and fulfills this destiny. This lack of questioning such programming creates a very toxic distance from the themes where racism seems to come across in how Brandon asserts his genetic superiority. Even for a superhero horror film, this unconscious commentary is not what I expected or wanted or needed.

Brightburn is an empty experiment. A subversion of divergence disguised in style over substance. Superhero and horror films deserve more than the surface-level blend of a picture that seems to take cheap advantage of the superhero cinema landscape than say anything of value about the moral flaws within the hero structure. And if the film really didn’t want me looking at it in this light, maybe it shouldn’t have put an ubermensch easter egg in the picture.

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