brightburn

Director: David Yarovesky (the hive)

Starring: elizabeth banks, david denman, jackson a. dunn, and matt l. jones

 

REVIEWER: lyall carter

★★

What if a child from another world crash-landed on Earth, but instead of becoming a hero to mankind, he proved to be something far more sinister?

Unless you've been living under a rock you'll be more than aware that superhero movies are kind of a big deal. So it was only a matter of time until some film makers put a different spin on the whole superhero genre. While Brightburn is a superb idea its execution leaves a lot to be desired. 

What if a child from another world crash-landed on Earth, but instead of becoming a hero to mankind, he proved to be something far more sinister? With Brightburn, the visionary filmmaker of Guardians of the Galaxy and Slither presents a startling, subversive take on a radical new genre: superhero horror.

A Quiet Place was not only an intriguing idea (aliens that are basically blind and hunt by sound) but it was a simple one and wonderfully executed. Brightburn is similar in all aspects except for the execution. And its nothing to do with budget, special effects, or even star power, its all to do with the story. 

They begin with their very simple idea but it becomes more convoluted with a lot of plot holes, plot holes that I just didn't care about trying to justify in my mind. Narratively it felt like a wasted opportunity. 

Jackson A. Dunn is impressive as the child-alien super villain and Banks and Denman are terrific as the doting but growing terrified by the moment parents.

An intriguing concept let down by a convoluted narrative and too many plot holes.

★★

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Brightburn is available on DVD, Blu-ray, 4KUHD and digital from all good disc and digital retailers. 

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