For anyone a tad curious about FRANKLYN (and with Ryan Phillippe, Sam Riley (yes, from Control), Eva Green, Susannah York and Bernard Hill in the cast, how could you not be?), here's the scoop. Made in 2008 and released this week in the U.S. directly to DVD, the film is the first full-lengther to come from 39-year-
old British writer/
director Gerald McMorrow (at right), who acquits himself rather well for a first-timer.
His movie is very easy to look at, what with its particularly interesting sci-fi visuals that are just bizarre enough to merit attention. We're thrust into a very odd tale of a masked man (Phillippe -- below, center) who is set upon committing murder. Why and how we slowly learn, at the same time as we find ourselves in a seemingly alternate, present-day universe.
time release but that doesn't mean it's not worth a watch at home. The fact that it manages to incorporate the middle east and post-
traumatic stress syndrome -- among its many threads -- and does so in an inventive way that never cheapens things -- is quite a feather in Mr. McMorrow's cap.