Worth Watching - Oct 15: Sci-Fi Neo-Noir Thriller Franklyn's Trailer
Anyone remember that sci-fi neo-noir thriller Franklyn that we wrote about late last year? Well, FS.net reader "Lancealot" has alerted us that the first teaser trailer for the film has made its way online. In the film, Ryan Phillippe stars as Jonathan Preest, a masked vigilante detective living in a futuristic London where there is no separation between Church and State. Let's just say this looks like a fucked up neo-sci-fi cult classic in the same vein as Equilibrium or Darkman. Its even got ex-Bond girl Eva Green, British actor Bernard Hill, and some of Clint Mansell's songs from The Fountain. The trailer is very low quality and is quite hard to watch, but if you're at all interested (like me), you won't give a crap about that.
We will be re-posting this trailer once we have a high quality version of it for your viewing pleasure, even though it doesn't have a distributor yet. For now, try and work through this the best you can.
Watch the first trailer for Franklyn:
Trailer removed at the explicit request of HanWay Films.
Set between contemporary London, and the futuristic religion-dominated Meanwhile City, the film traces the fates of four characters: Jonathan Preest (Ryan Phillippe), an atheist vigilante who has vowed revenge on Meanwhile City’s leader; Emilia (Eva Green), a privileged young artist whose difficult relationship with her mother fuels her cynicism and depression; Milo (Sam Riley), a sensitive young man whose heart has been recently broken; and Peter (Bernard Hill), a deeply religious man who has come to London in search of his missing son, a troubled Gulf War veteran.
Franklyn is both written and directed by English filmmaker Gerald McMorrow, who is making his directorial debut after writing and directing a sci-fi short in 2002 called Thespian X. The film is actually premiering at the London Film Festival tomorrow, but doesn't have a US distributor yet. Hopefully Franklyn will find one soon, because it's already due out in theaters in England on January 30th, 2009.