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- Emile Hirsch
- Bruce Dern
- Grace Park
- Amanda Crew
- Lexy Kolker
- Ava Telek
- Michelle Harrison
- Matty Finochio
- Aleks Paunovic
- RJ Fetherstonhaugh
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- The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2018.
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The movie Freaks releases in a weird time to moviegoers. Most people rather watch all type of movies through streaming services than go to movie theaters or rather watch the most trending movies of superheroes and nostalgia. Ten years ago, Freaks would have been overshadowed by late 2000s mutant trend saruration in the mainstream like the movie Push (2009) and SyFy's Alphas. They didn't receive a fair share of the spotlight to their bigger cousin Fox's X-men and NBC's Heroes. Unlike its predecessors, this movie has a grittier and darker tone embroiled deceptively (but effective) in a family matter at the beginning, and it slowly cascading into the awaited reveal. Great story, direction and great cast. Huge kudos to Lexy Kolker's performance. The editing, cinematography and the soundtrack created its intended effects of freneticism & tension. She does a great performance. Freaks is a breeze of fresh air in a current media market saturated with superheroes and nostalgia.
Very original plot line and was engaging throughout the entire film! Would recommend!
Freaks subtly subverts the superhero formula under the guise of a hallucinatory, cautionary tale of paranoia, delusion and extreme parenthood.
Although in the early going the convoluted plot sometimes struggles to maintain interest, Stein and Lipovsky have such a clear vision that they keep developments confidently on track until subsequent revelations engage in full-throttle action mode, leading to a climax suggesting they likely have future plans for these characters.
Lipovsky and Stein’s first feature as collaborators exudes a grungy, second-hand feel, and the movie doesn’t have the confidence or vision to breathe new life into its narrative clichés. Instead, the pair lean on the sincerity of their storytelling, crafting a paean to broken families and exploring how children process unspeakable loss.