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James Gunn's horror project 'Brightburn' worth seeing

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Fri, May 10, 2019  /  05:34 pm

Tori (Elizabeth Banks) and Kyle (David Denman) have been trying to get pregnant when they discover a newborn in the middle of the woods. Having crash-landed on Earth in something like a bright red spaceship, the baby is considered a miracle by the couple who later adopt him.

Twelve years later, Brandon (Jackson A. Dunn) faces some changes that are not common in a pubescent boy´s life. Having developed supernatural powers and bright red eyes, he starts hearing voices trying to tell him something. What begins with sleepwalking and biting on a fork ends with a brutally murdered chicken and an injured classmate. Everyone upsetting Brandon or putting obstacles in his way gets eliminated, even if they are his own family members. 

After making out the truth about his origin, Brandon´s power and anger reaches a maximum point. Dressed up like a superhero wearing a dark cape and patched mask, his bright red eyes are strong like a laser. He gets into mischief everywhere he goes and leaves his symbol behind.  

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Tori realizes after brutal deaths at the hand of her son that he comes from a sinister world.

Directed by David Yarovesky and produced by James Gunn, who helmed the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise as well as The Suicide Squad (2021), the superhero horror movie had been announced as an “untitled James Gunn horror project” in 2017 and served its purpose. The story differs from other horror flicks.

While some scenes such as a waitress pulling a glass shard out of her eye can be really bloody, others seemed to be quite unrealistic and exaggerated. The story of a young boy looking like a poor Spider-Man trying to take over the world might not become a classic but it is definitely worth watching. (sop/kes)