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[Movie Review] Control

Discussion in 'The Pub' at netrider.net.au started by cejay, Oct 22, 2007.

  1. This is not a feel good movie. If you want to see a light hearted film, don't go to watch this.

    Control is a film about Ian Curtis. If you need to know who Ian is, you probably won't be the target audience...that's not to say you won't enjoy the film, but it's a type of film that needs some emotional involvement to work.

    Ian Curtis was one of the founders of 'Joy Division', a Manchester band that spawned 'New Order'. Formed in the late 70's, Joy Division never really made it big, but their legacy lived on for many years and started the Macunian dominance of English Indie bands in the late 80's and 90's as well as being the band that made Factory records so important during this time.

    Any film about Ian is like a film about Jeff Buckley. You know the end, but what you really want is to know why. This film goes a long way to answering that question.

    The film is shot entirely in black & white by Anton Corbijn. Anton shot most of the videos for Depeche Mode and is an accomplished cinematographer and director. He initially went to England in the early 80's purely to see Joy Division, expecting to find a country totally different to the drab and grey place it was.

    Shooting the film like this captures the mood of a run down town and district (Macclesfield and Manchester) whilst resisting the temptation to slip into sentimentality. You get a feeling of what it was like to live in Manchester in 1979.

    We follow Ian from his childhood in 1973 to his eventual death in 1980. The film making is brilliant and Sam Riley who plays Ian is said to have captured the character perfectly. This is the first feature film for Sam, having previously been involved in TV productions and his own band.

    The director allows you to develop a bond with Ian that makes you feel that you really are there with him. You seem him develop from a boy to a man, you experience the ups, the downs, his drive and his total despair.

    We see a person who makes rash decisions and choices that will ultimately lead to his deep depression. Ian made it clear that he was going to be rich and famous. Yet when he found that success, he feels nothing but pressure and sadness.

    The music is fantastic. Joy Division were never a band of mine, but the music is driven into you like you were there in the pub with the band. You only have to appreciate sound to get something from this.

    Like a couple of the films I have seen recently, this film moves you. There is so much sadness in seeing someone so talented, so loved, so wanted, seeing no answers to their problems and feeling like there is only one path.

    In the end, Ian Curtis felt there was no way out, trapped, with no control over his own life. He left lots of people who love him and his music and memory will live on for a long time thanks to this excellent film.


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    Control was seen at a preview screening in Cinema Europa @ Jam Factory. Expect to see it at similar venues from this Thursday
  2. Definitely going to see it when it opens here, cheers for the review. Some of the best modern music came from the Manchester post-punk scene.
  3. I have read a few reviews for this, seem along the similar lines as 24 hour party people.