Director: Sam Levinson
Writer: Sam Levinson
Starring: Odessa Young, Abra, Suki Waterhouse, Hari Nef, and more.
Requested review from Jason Sealy!
I remember when “Assassination Nation” came out, and my buddy Jason was singing about it after he saw it. It surely caught my attention but unfortunately slipped away from me watching it in ample time. Now with it showing on HBOMax (as of the time of this post), I gave it a proper view, and let me tell you; what an experience.
“After a malicious data hack exposes the secrets of the perpetually American town of Salem, chaos descends and four girls must fight to survive, while coping with the hack themselves.”
What a trip, y’all. “Assassination Nation” starts out with a black sheep group of young women attempting to survive high school. Little do they know, they’d literally be trying to survive high school. Boiled down, we have a survival action thriller, but let’s be honest: it’s so much more than that. The layers are vast and to unpack it all would take a novels worth of content. Unfortunately, I like to keep my reviews short and sweet, so I’ll just hope you catch the gist of what this is all about.
On the side of shock factor and controversy, “Assassination Nation” is chock full of it. Notably divisive amongst critics and viewers, it’s honestly not shocking to me in the least. Sam Levinson specializes in getting people to talk about his movies, whether positively or not. Aside from a genuine shock value coming from actions taken in the movie, the “shock” also comes from touching on all kinds of controversial topics like racism, gender identity, sexuality, misogyny, and that’s just stating a few. For me, it’s a little loaded, but regardless, it dares to go where others won’t.
“Assassination Nation” is loaded with an incredible variety of young talent from known to lesser known. Among these names we have the likes of Odessa Young, Abra, Suki Waterhouse, Hari Nef, Joel McHale, Bill Skarsgård, Bella Thorne, and Kelvin Harrison, Jr. This cast as a whole is killer. I found myself hating and loving so many of them purely because of how well they played their respective characters.
My review is a tad vague for such a complex film like “Assassination Nation.” I do that because I believe one should witness event films like this knowing as little as possible. Surely this is not for everyone. Some even will walk away pissed off and harping on it’s “wokeness.” Regardless, eat shit. Have fun with this one, y’all.
Edited by Erica McNatt
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