Abra, Odessa Young, Hari Nef, and Suki Waterhouse appear in Assassination Nation by Sam Levinson, an official selection of the Midnight program at the 2018 Sundance Film festival. Movie courtesy of Bizarre Entertainment. Sundance Institute Photo.

Bizarre Review: Assassination Nation

Assassination Nation. What a weird movie with a great concept.

Warning: This is not for the faint of heart. It is rated R for a reason.

I watched this one based on a recommendation. At first glance, it looks like something I would really be into. It has that culty, B-rated movie feel to it. But, there’s so much more lurking below the cover.

The story follows a high school. It is a wild, out-of-control experience that will make you uncomfortable. These kids are totally out of their minds insane, and when their browsing history and Internet activity is released publicly, things go nuts.

There’s actually a trigger warning at the beginning of the movie, and take heed if you are easily disturbed by any of the things it lists. Blood, sexism, toxic masculinity, the male gaze, rape, and homophobia are only a few.

It’s an over-the-top what-if scenario that hits too close to home. What lengths would people go to if their Internet activity was released publicly? Even worse, what if it happened in a sleepy little town like ours?

The story goes from being unbearably unrealistic, to hitting the nail on the head in terms of potential scenarios. People’s business regularly blows up in a small town, in that everyone-knows-your-shame kind of way. Imagine that, times a hundred, and you’ve got Assassination Nation. Taking extreme measures to new extreme heights.

The blame and finger-pointing game only gets worse as the movie goes on, and there are some scenes where you might need to look away. Too horrible, too plausible, too difficult to watch in a room with a bunch of people.

Personally, I hope we continue to progress as a society, and never digress in the way the characters in Assassination Nation did.

If you can stomach this movie, I will give it seven out of 10 popcorns.

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