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BrightBurn (2019) Review

by Yo Adrian on December 03rd, 2019 | | , ,

BrightBurn was directed by David Yarovesky (who also directed The Hive) and stars Elizabeth Banks (from The Uninvited), David Denman (from Shutter) and Steve Agee (from Dementia and Dark Was The Night). It’s about evil Superman.

He’s Not Here To Save The World

BrightBurn Review

One night in Smallville, Kansas a spaceship pod crashed into a field near a remote farmhouse. The couple living at the farmhouse found a baby in the pod, kept it as their own and named him Clark Kent. He soon realized he had super powers, he named himself Superman, created a logo and he went on to save the world from a super villain.

One night in Brightburn, Kansas a spaceship pod crashed into a field near a remote farmhouse. The couple living at the farmhouse found a baby in the pod, kept it as their own and named him Brandon Breyer. He soon realized he had super powers, created a logo and went on to terrorize the world, starting with his own friends and family.

As you can see, Brightburn is literally a movie that asks what if Superman was the villain. But it’s so much more than that, this movie doesn’t have a super hero movie vibe at all, it’s horror start to finish.

There’s only one scene in this entire movie that I found cheesy, which pops up at 36:49. But that’s quickly made up for with a shockingly gory scene at 40:05 and an even more crazy gory scene at 54:10.

There’s a few clever Superman-esque scenes tossed in throughout too. There’s the classic scene where young Superman lifts the truck to help his dad. In this one, he lifts a truck to kill his uncle. Then there’s the scene where he flies his girlfriend above the clouds where it’s quiet and peaceful, where they share a moment. In this one, he flies his mom up into the peaceful sky where they share a moment before dropping her to her death. These were both unexpectedly awesome scenes, two of many more I wouldn’t want to spoil.

Overall, Brightburn is a quality horror flick. It’s actually more realistic than I expected. For example, unlike most movies about killer kids, in this one everyone reacts very realistically to his evil ways. Usually the dad freaks out but the mom protects the psycho until the end. Not in Brightburn. Everyone from his parents to extended family to teachers see red flags all over him and act accordingly. Unfortunately for them, they’re just no match for a kid with laser vision and a superiority complex.

Worth Watching?

Absolutely. Brightburn is a unique and well executed horror that would appeal to anyone, whether or not you like Marvel movies. Actually I think Superman is a DC Comics guy. Either way, it’s a horror movie through and through and is definitely worth sitting down for.


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