DVD: Franklyn (15)

 

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Flitting between modern, angsty London and a futuristic dystopia riven by religious fervour, the impressive cast help this bipolar debut feature from the writer-director Gerald McMorrow carry off its lofty ambitions.

Control's Sam Riley puts in a believably anxious performance, while Eva Green is surprisingly watchable as an upper-class manic depressive with vampish tendencies and a penchant for filming her own suicide attempts. In the film's parallel plot, Ryan Phillippe's gravelly-voiced vigilante is a superhero in the steam-punk mould, and, though the plotline is utterly convoluted until the last few minutes, the constant intrigue of the unfathomable link between the film's two threads benefits Franklyn enormously.

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