'I am so all-American, I'll sell you suicide...I am totalitarian, I've got abortions in my eyes...I hate the hater, I'd rape the raper...I am the animal who will not be himself' Irresponsible hate anthem. One of the year's worst.
Nothing more than a classic male-written/directed rape/revenge film except the filmmaker has Twitter. He piles on 2nd act brutality to justify 3rd act revenge not understanding how cathartic it would be to watch men get destroyed for usual shit. REMINDER: Film is collaborative. If you're a white dude who must make a movie about female anger maybe co-write with a woman? Or hire a woman DP? Editor? Production designer?
It would seem many early commentators think themselves superior to ASSASSINATION NATION (or perhaps they merely wish to). My glean is that folks find the, um, aggressive topicality ... cheap. Well, I really, really don't. I read strong Swiftian diagnostics. It is smart, trashy, and inventively crafted. I can get behind that, y'all. It is about us here and now, sure, but also, God help us, the what-is-to-come.
Sam Levinson accomplishes so much stylistically (a horse of a different color compared to his father's techniques) and offers such a scathing indictment of the world today I am kind of amazed this got such a wide release! This satire could become a cult film like NATURAL BORN KILLERS did in the 90's depending how dated it becomes.
This is definitely a film of our times. It may be a little over the top and excessive but then again the society we live in is over the top and excessive as they are consumed by social media and pornography that honestly go hand in hand and not to mention the vagina haters who would rather choke a woman then go down on her. This film makes a lot of good points and it is a scathing indictment of the world we live in.
Scattershot, could easily confuse having so many things on its mind with vapidity, but the young(er) Levinson has a surprisingly good grasp of how to frame an image and a scene - there is just a confusion as to whether or not the genre markers aped here (it's Halloween meets Carrie meets Heathers meets the "Fancy" video's version of Clueless meets The Babysitters meets Prozac Nation meets the Purge!)can be cohesive.
Sam Levinson re-stages The Salem Witch Trials in this blistering statement piece on the timely/timeless horrors of the Information Age and mob mentality that feels like the bratty bastard child of early Catherine Hardwicke and late Harmony Korine. For many, this stylish, apolitical, violent polemic will
be hard to swallow, but it’s smart, brass-balled, and impossible to come away from ambivalent.