Brightburn

Brightburn

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Brightburn

Superhero/horror genre mash-up shows what might have happened if a Superman-like 12-year-old actually turned out to be violently evil. Produced by James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy).

Brandon Breyer seems like a normal-ish kid, but like Clark Kent before him (no-one tell DC's lawyers), he was adopted after being found as a baby in an alien spacecraft. His parents (Elizabeth Banks and David Denman) raise him with love and affection in the small town of Brightburn, but are forced to consider whether nature trumps nurture when strange events start to occur, and bodies pile up.

2019Rating: MA15+, Strong horror themes and violence90 minsUSA
HorrorScience Fiction
83%
want to see

Reviews & comments

Sooo close to Fully Awesome.

As outlined by the other reviewers, this is an entertaining, gripping, chilling ripper of a movie with an outstanding ensemble cast. No point in repeating the details already given. However. I found it ultimately disappointing. I will try to avoid spoilers. Read on at your own risk. The premise "what if superman was evil?" has been explored elsewhere...

3.0
0

Lays its card on the table too early and accelerates from 0 to 100 in no time, but still serviceable

It's quite interesting to note how the synopsis is worded. Emphasis is placed on the involvement of James Gunn (the director of Guardians of the Galaxy and Slither), and yet he isn't directing the film; that role went to David Yarovesky. James Gunn involvement is that of Producer, alongside Kenneth Huang. It certainly still seems like a Gunn-led project...

3.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

The premise isn't bad, even if the evil-Superman origin story was done better in "Chronicle." The execution, however, is lacking, particularly in freshness, humour or style.

0
The New York Times

The New York Times

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What makes "Brightburn" a little better than average is the time it spends observing Brandon with Tori and Kyle, his loving, increasingly alarmed mom and dad, who are played with excellent game faces by Elizabeth Banks and David Denman.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Brightburn risks falling into the all-too-familiar creepy kid horror formula but there's just about enough to distinguish it from that ever-expanding subgenre...

3.0
0
Stuff

Stuff

press

While certainly not a bad movie, I was left feeling disappointed that Brightburn has simply turned out to be a dullish entry in the demonic child genre.

3.0
0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

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Several visuals - and the accompanying crunches and gurgles - will make appearances in my nightmares.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

While not exactly original, the premise is certainly effective enough. But Brightburn lacks the visual stylisation or wit to elevate it from the realm of the crudely effective B-movie.

0
FilmInk

FilmInk

press

... manages to keep the tension high and really delivers on the squirmy gore when needed.

0
Variety

Variety

press

The premise isn't bad, even if the evil-Superman origin story was done better in "Chronicle." The execution, however, is lacking, particularly in freshness, humour or style.

0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

What makes "Brightburn" a little better than average is the time it spends observing Brandon with Tori and Kyle, his loving, increasingly alarmed mom and dad, who are played with excellent game faces by Elizabeth Banks and David Denman.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Brightburn risks falling into the all-too-familiar creepy kid horror formula but there's just about enough to distinguish it from that ever-expanding subgenre...

3.0
0
Stuff

Stuff

press

While certainly not a bad movie, I was left feeling disappointed that Brightburn has simply turned out to be a dullish entry in the demonic child genre.

3.0
0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

Several visuals - and the accompanying crunches and gurgles - will make appearances in my nightmares.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

While not exactly original, the premise is certainly effective enough. But Brightburn lacks the visual stylisation or wit to elevate it from the realm of the crudely effective B-movie.

0
FilmInk

FilmInk

press

... manages to keep the tension high and really delivers on the squirmy gore when needed.

0

Sooo close to Fully Awesome.

As outlined by the other reviewers, this is an entertaining, gripping, chilling ripper of a movie with an outstanding ensemble cast. No point in repeating the details already given. However. I found it ultimately disappointing. I will try to avoid spoilers. Read on at your own risk. The premise "what if superman was evil?" has been explored...

3.0
0

Lays its card on the table too early and accelerates from 0 to 100 in no time, but still serviceable

It's quite interesting to note how the synopsis is worded. Emphasis is placed on the involvement of James Gunn (the director of Guardians of the Galaxy and Slither), and yet he isn't directing the film; that role went to David Yarovesky. James Gunn involvement is that of Producer, alongside Kenneth Huang. It certainly still seems like a Gunn-led project...

3.0
0