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TIFF 2018: Assassination Nation Review

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Synopsis: High school senior Lily and her group of friends live in a haze of texts, posts, selfies and chats just like the rest of the world. So, when an anonymous hacker starts posting details from the private lives of everyone in their small town, the result is absolute madness leaving Lily and her friends questioning whether they’ll live through the night. (Neon)

Starring: Odessa Young, Hari Nef, and Abra

Writer: Sam Levinson

Director: Sam Levinson

Rating: 18A (Canada)/R (United States)

Running Time: 110mins

Trailer (NSFW):

Assassination Nation is, well, wild. So wild, in fact, that it’s actually quite difficult to believe it didn’t get an R rating in Canada due to it’s violence that reaches extreme territory, and the way it portrays a multitude of taboo topics.

The whole film isn’t this way, though – Levinson allows the first 2 acts to play out as a traditional satire, occasionally edgy although maintaining self awareness. However, its drastic shift that comes with the third act, becoming one of the goriest films in recent memory, just goes a tad bit too far. It makes the point well, but it didn’t need to be as bloody and excessively redundant to keep its ideas prominent. However, the rest of the film is entertaining and relevant enough to check out, especially with its fantastic performances from the 4 female leads.

Score: 6/10

*full review coming soon*

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