|KILL YOUR FRIENDS (director: Owen Harris; screenwriter: based on the novel by John Niven/John Niven; cinematographer: Gustav Danielsson; editor: Bill Smedley; music: Junkie XL; cast: Nicholas Hoult (Steven Stelfox), James Corden (Roger Waters), Tom Riley (Parker Hall), Georgia King (Rebecca), Edward Hogg (DC Woodham), Rosanna Arquette (Barbara), Craig Roberts (Darren), Jim Piddock (Derek Sommers), Joseph Mawle (James Trellick), Osy Ikhile (Rage), Ella Smith (Nikki ), Moritz Bleibtreu (Rudi); Runtime: 103; MPAA Rating: NR; producers: Len Blavatnik, Gregor Cameron, Will Clarke; Altitude Film Entertainment (Studio Canal); 2015-UK)|
|"The cynical film might be more
annoying than eyeopening but the soundtrack
kicks, as it features
groups like Blur, Oasis and Radiohead."
by Dennis Schwartz
Hoult plays nasty, as a 1990s ruthless
psychopathic music exec in London, at
Unigram Records, interested only in becoming
its head A&R executive by any means. John
Niven adapted the script from his own best-selling
novel, which was based on his past experience
working in the rock music industry. TV
director Owen Harris ("Holy Flying
Circus") directs this ugly insider music scene satire,
that means to entertain by using its hateful
protagonist to show the bad side of the musical
industry. Hoult is so driven by insecurities that he
kills his coke-addicted colleague friend, James
Corden, fearful he will get the promotion he craves.
film's best scenes are introducing the various
acts on Unigram’s roster, who are primed for
exploitation. Otherwise, there are only a few funny
observations in a film that relies totally on
observations of the bad side of the pop music industry
to make its case.
The cynical film might be more annoying than eyeopening but the soundtrack kicks, as it features groups like Blur, Oasis and Radiohead.
REVIEWED ON 4/9/2016 GRADE: C+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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