REVIEW | God Bless America
Imagine, if you will, that John Doe from Se7en had completed his sins-inspired spree and, in celebration, went for dinner with Charlie Brooker to get some ideas for his next killings. The result is Frank. Frank is divorced, unappreciated by his daughter, fired and has a terminal illness, when he decides to set about killing those who he regards as the most abhorrent people in society, starting with a My Super Sweet 16 star and going from there. He is joined by Roxy, a schoolgirl who has had a shitty life and shares his hatred of society. Unfortunately, while you get a sense of Frank’s character, his motives and what his humanity in his actions, Roxy is entirely one-note and it seems that she only shares Frank’s lust for blood and feeling of being down-trodden and not his eye for reasoning.
Similar to Falling Down but without the pathos and nuances that made that film great, this instead feels like a movie pandering to the exact people that it so blatantly and frequently spouts off about in long tirades that, even though I largely agree, get far too tiresome far too quickly. This may well be the point of the movie but, if it is, this is an intelligent dumb movie. If it’s not, then it’s just a dumb movie.
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