Control Movie Information

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Overall Rank: 1364

Average Rating: 3/4

# of Ratings: 49

Theatrical Release Date: 10/10/2007

Blu-ray/DVD Release Date: 06/03/2008

Language: English

Genre: Drama, Biography

MPAA Rating: R

Director: Anton Corbijn

Actors: Sam Riley, Samantha Morton, Alexandra Maria Lara, Joe Anderson, Toby Kebbell, Craig Parkinson

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Rating of
2.5/4

Allison - wrote on 06/01/2011

Wasn't too familiar with Joy Division, but I saw that Samantha Morton was in this film. The guy who played Ian Curtis wasn't all that impressive. When Samantha Morton was acting her heart out and he kind of just whimpered along, I can't say I was too impressed. Now I am more familiar with Joy Division and who they were thanks to this film. The girl who played their kid was cute.

Rating of
3/4

mrschu47912 - wrote on 10/26/2010

Control is a look at the life of Ian Curtis through a series of gorgeous photographs. The photographs just happen to be moving. It seems that at any moment of Control, you could take a still image of it, and it would make a great photograph at any moment. Now there is a major problem with Control. We never really have a emotional connection with Ian Curtis or any of the characters, and, as you could expect, this is probably because the movie is so focused on its visuals. But, in away, it’s kind of a relief to have a movie in this genre to go in a different direction. But how or weather or not you feel anything about the characters, it won’t stop you from being taken away by the visuals.

Rating of
3/4

The_Watchman - wrote on 03/02/2008

A great bio-pic and of course a must see for any Joy Division fan. While most music bios are large and bombastic, that wouldn't fit well with someone like Ian Curtis. Control is fittingly reserved, muted, and bleak, but no less of a celebration.

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Yojimbo
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Rating of
2.5/4

"Control" by Yojimbo

Yojimbo - wrote on 04/23/2012

Joy Division have always been the kind of band I appreciate rather than love. They are intelligent, important, and interesting but have never got my adrenalin flowing like many of my favourites do. The same is true of this film. It's very well made, well shot and well written and the performance by Sam Riley as Ian Curtis is totally believable. But somehow it left me cold. I felt like I was watching a museum exhibit; a portrait of a young man in a glass case that I had no emotional attachment to. Was he a troubled genius plagued by mental illness, or was his suicide caused by the side effects of a cocktail of ineffectual and misprescribed drugs? Or was he just a typically selfish and pretentious pop star just guilty about not being able to say no to a hot and willing young groupie? I …

Franz Patrick
Franz Patrick
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Rating of
4/4

The Definition of Cool

Franz Patrick - wrote on 09/25/2008

This movie absolutely blew me away. As far as musical biopics go, this is one of the best I’ve ever seen. Sam Riley got my attention the moment he appeared on screen and never let go. He played Ian Curtis with such passion and charisma but also highlighted the character flaws and decisions Curtis made in his life. Samantha Morton breaks my heart as Curtis’ wife who really did everything she could to show her love for Curtis. When she finds out that her husband is less than loyal, the way she responded was unpredictable. Like the actors’ performances, this film is very lowkey yet it has an undeniable quiet power that moved me. As for Joy Division, I didn’t know much more about them except that they greatly influenced Franz Ferdinand’s music. So, I didn’t know what I was in …

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