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FRANKLYN
DVD Review by David Blackwell
 
DETAILS: 98 minutes, featurette, cast and crew interviews, deleted scenes, theatrical trailer
VIDEO: 2.35:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen)
AUDIO: English 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish
 
STUDIO: Image Entertainment/ Recorded Picture Company/ UK Film Council/ Film4/ Hanway Films/ Aramid Entertainment
RELEASE DATE: 11-17-2009

Jonathan Preest (Ryan Phillippe) is a masked man with no religion in a place called Meanwhile City.  It is a place where everyone must have a faith whether it is based on washing machine instructions, simple faith in God, or be a Seventh Day Manicurist.  Preest is after The Individual, the leader of Duplex Ride cult, who has kidnapped an 11 year old girl.  Preest is captured by the Clerics of the Ministry and imprisoned for four years before he is given a deal to kill The Individual in trade for his freedom.  Preest escapes.

 

Meanwhile in modern day London, Milo (Sam Riley) mopes around after his bride-to-be calls off the wedding while Emilia (Eva Green) uses her suicide attempts as part of her video projects.   Then there is a pastor (Bernard Hill) who searches for his son (that escaped from an institution).   Their stories and Preest’s are tied together by a sense of loss they each have experienced.   FRANKLYN is a jigsaw puzzle.  The stories at first seem unrelated until they do collide.  The visuals of Meanwhile City are fantastic.   The story is engaging with Emilia’s and Preest’s being the most engaging.  I do wish more of the movie took place in Meanwhile City.  Some part of it does get predictable.   I do love the touch about the story of the man who dreamed up a reality and a princess (only to leave one day).  FRANKLYN is also a film world where the imaginary friends aren’t as imaginary as they seem.  If you want a film from a new voice, check out this unexpected film.

 

SPECIAL FEATURES:

The four minute Making Of featurette is four minutes of promotional fluff.  The 30 minutes of cast and crew interviews prove to be more rewarding as they reveal a few things about the movie like production design, the story, casting, and why the actors were attracted to FRANKLYN

 

The three deleted scenes don’t add anything to the film, but the Bearded Men Cult scene does make chuckle.  Also included is the theatrical trailer.

 

FINAL ANALYSIS:  FRANKLYN is an impressive debut feature due to its visuals and characters.

 

This DVD review is (c)11-27-2009 David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission.  Send all comments to lord_pragmagtic@hotmail.com