MOTHER­LESS BROOK­LYN (15)

Manchester Evening News - - FILM REVIEWS -

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

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