MOTHERLESS BROOKLYN (15)
IDENTITY, corruption and politics are themes at the heart of this crime thriller starring Edward Norton, who also writes, directs and produces.
It has taken the Fight Club star 20 years to bring his passion project – based on Jonathan Lethem’s 1999 novel of the same name – to our screens, scrapping the original late-90s setting in favour of the 1950s.
Lionel Essrog (Norton) is an orphaned kid growing up in Brooklyn who is taken under the wing of private detective Frank Minna (Bruce Willis).
A lonely figure with Tourette’s syndrome, Lionel doesn’t let his condition stand in the way of his job. When Minna dies on a job, Lionel takes it upon himself to find out what happened – resulting in a deep dive into troubling political issues across the city. Along the way, he meets community activist Laura (Gugu Mbatha-Raw).
However, when Lionel unravels closely guarded secrets about Randolph – the most powerful man in the city – Laura is left in serious danger.
Norton’s striking, meticulous performance is the film’s greatest strength.
Review by Georgia Humphreys.
Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Laura Rose and Edward Norton as Lionel Essrog