Freaks (2019) Review
Directed By: Adam Stein and Zach Lipovsky
Starring: Lexy Kolker, Emile Hirsch, Bruce Dern, Grace Park, Amanda Crew
Synopsis: Kept locked inside the house by her father, 7-year-old Chloe lives in fear and fascination of the outside world, where Abnormals create a constant threat – or so she believes. When a mysterious stranger offers her a glimpse of what’s really happening outside, Chloe soon finds that while the truth isn’t so simple, the danger is very real.
Review: Wasn’t sure what this movie was going to be about as the synopsis didn’t give away any of the main plot details. Going into seeing this I was very surprised the way the movie went. I hadn’t seen a trailer or looked anything up. My mind was working through scenario after scenario trying to decipher characters motives and who was who and what was what.
The story itself is very good and does keep you guessing and hooked through the hour and forty minute runtime. As the film unravels it turns out the freaks are in actual fact people who have special abilities or powers so to speak. Instead of being hailed as heroes or what not, people are scared of them and the government have been locking them up, hoping to use them as weapons. It’s a more realistic approach to what would happen if people with these abilities appeared and the devastation that could follow, in the movie Dallas has been wiped from the map as ac result of the ‘Freaks’.
The movie started off with an impression we were in an apocalyptic world, I was thinking something like Bird Box or A Quiet Place. Once powers and abilities were introduced I thought of a darker version of X-men crossed with Stranger Things as the ‘Freaks’ get drained after using their powers and bleed, but from their eyes.
I loved the movie and the way it unfolded was brilliant. I would love too see a prequel and then a sequel and revisit the world of ‘Freaks’