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Heartless (2009)

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Jamie Morgan, a young man with a large heart-shaped birthmark on his face, discovers that there are demons on the streets of East London.

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Philip Ridley

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Philip Ridley
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jim Sturgess ... Jamie Morgan
Luke Treadaway ... Lee Morgan
Clémence Poésy ... Tia
Justin Salinger ... Raymond Morgan
Fraser Ayres ... Vinnie
Noel Clarke ... A.J.
Ruth Sheen ... Marion Morgan
Dave Florez ... Local Resident 1
Nikita Mistry Nikita Mistry ... Local Resident 2 / Belle
Timothy Spall ... George Morgan
Connie Hyde Connie Hyde ... Linda
Nadia Theaker Nadia Theaker ... Charlie
David Sibley David Sibley ... Sociologist
Imogen Church Imogen Church ... News Reporter
Joseph Mawle ... Papa B
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Jamie Morgan, a young man with a large heart-shaped birthmark on his face, discovers that there are demons on the streets of East London. Written by May 13

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The darker it gets the more you see

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Drama | Fantasy | Horror

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 November 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,033, 21 November 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,033, 21 November 2010
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

When Jamie is walking past a bar to take out the garbage, a rock version of the song Jim Sturgess sings, "Heartless", is playing. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Lee Morgan: Good morning, Uncle Jamie.
Jamie Morgan: How many times do I got to tell you that when the red light is on, that means I'm developing!
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Soundtracks

The Darker It Gets
Music by 'Nick Bicát'
Lyrics by Philip Ridley
Performed by Ciaran Gribbin (as Joe Echo) and Mary Leay
Produced by Ciaran Gribbin (as Joe Echo) and Michael Keeney
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Careful what you wish for
12 December 2010 | by gradyharpSee all my reviews

Philip Ridley is an artist, a writer and a film director whose work is considered unconventional and unique in every form he touches. Some how he manages to marry all of these forms in his most recent HEARTLESS, including writing the lyrics to the many songs by David Julyou that play such an important role in the unfolding of this visit to the Faust legend. It is harsh, dark, disturbing, and at times a bit over the top as far as his need to make visual things that go bump in the dark. But in the end, with the incomparable help of featured actor Jim Sturgess, he makes it work.

Jamie Morgan (Jim Sturgess) is a young 25-year old photographer living in a squalid area of London with his loving mother (Marion Morgan): Jamie bears a birthmark on his face and the upper torso that makes him the victim of prejudice by the boys in the neighborhood and has resulted in his living the life of a recluse. Jamie's brother and nephew (Luke Treadway and Justin Salinger) stay close to the home but are preoccupied with other matters - some good some bad. Jamie longs for his departed father (Timothy Spall) who 'made the world make sense' and he longs for a relationship with a girl so that he can have a family and be normal. Walking the streets at night Jamie hears screams and witnesses sights that terrify him: he is aware that gangs rule the world and in time he is assaulted with his mother during a night walk and his mother is killed. In an attempt to find sense out of chaos Jamie becomes friends with a new neighbor AJ (Noel Clarke) and is offered a handgun by a local merchant (Frazer Ayers) 'to protect himself. As Jamie becomes more terrified with the creatures he sees in the night and angered by the death of his mother he ultimately meets Papa B (Joseph Mawle) who just happens to have strange powers to offer Jamie anything he wishes. Jamie makes a pact with Papa B, agreeing to promote chaos in the streets in the form of writing graffiti in turn for Papa B removing the ugly birthmark from his body. Papa B's young girl assistant Charlie (Nadia Theaker) bonds with Jamie and becomes like the daughter Jamie has always wanted.

Now, without the physical disfigurement Jamie attracts a pretty delivery girl Tia (Clémence Poésy) and seems to have found his wishes come true - with Tia and Charlie as family. But Papa B has other plans and sends his Weapons Man (Eddie Marsan) who gives Jamie an altered version of his assignment from his pact with Papa B and the world becomes ruled by horror. How Jamie responds to his new bizarre assignments changes the course of the tale, a course best not shared in a review.

Jim Sturgess makes this role of a seemingly impossible spectrum of acting an example of just how skilled he has become in his craft. The cast is good but burdened with many aspects of the bizarre that keep the viewer form connecting in a positive way. The cinematography by Matt Gray is appropriately dark and the visual effects, though excessively ugly, make the atmosphere of this dark tale work. It is a strange film and requires that viewer to suspend disbelief, but the impact and underlying message is strong.

Grady Harp


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