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|Genre:||Drama, Thriller, Comedy|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 108 Min|
|FSK:||From 16 years|
For friends Lily (Odessa Young), Bex (Hari Nef), Em (Abra) and Sarah (Suki Waterhouse), everyday life is marked by parties, the choice of the right outfit and sex - all captured in selfies and snaps, divided on social networks and in chats. It's a rut that on the one hand causes boredom, but on the other hand also leads to a certain popularity of the girls' gang in their small town school. When her little town of Salem is targeted by a hacker who makes all the private photos and chats of the citizens public, the excitement is great in this otherwise so tranquil place. Law and order are quickly lost and anarchy spreads. When Lily is blamed for the hack, the situation threatens to escalate completely…
"Assassination Nation" is a film that skilfully holds up a mirror to society in some moments. He draws a rather disillusioned picture of a youth who doesn't seem to care about privacy. In which it is only important to generate as many followers and likes as possible. But even the adults are all too willing to reveal things of themselves, only to be completely surprised and snubbed when they are suddenly made to play games. It's amazing how many people still think they're anonymous on the net.
The film reveals a certain hypocrisy especially well: even harmless pictures are used as a reason for a witch hunt, in the hope that with loud cries for morality and justice the own corpses in the cellar will be covered up. In this respect, Sam Levinson has succeeded in creating a relevant and thought-provoking film. As an older viewer you are repelled by the bored arrogance of the teenagers, who concentrate only on their own ego, but at the same time you are shocked by the behaviour of the adults, who are supposed to be a role model and a moral authority.
At one point the movie would have worked almost perfectly as a prequel to the "Purge" movies. The social commentary that is made here is cynical, but accurate. Unfortunately, the whole thing is sacrificed for an exaggerated finale in which the girls - all of them not really sympathizers - are overstylised into merciless action heroines. The first thing that becomes apparent is a very dark, uncompromising ending, which would have made the movie and its message much more effective. Thus, "Assassination Nation" has become a somewhat immature work between satire, action and drama, which despite some very good aspects gives away a lot of potential at the end. And there's only one in the end for that: Worth seeing with some concessions]
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