TIFF 2018: Our Review of ‘Assassination Nation’

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TIFF 2018: Our Review of ‘Assassination Nation’

Set in modern-day Salem, Massachusetts, Assassination Nation tells the story of Lily and her friends as they experience the fallout of a massive data hack that exposes the private digital lives of almost everyone in town. As the town tries to find someone to blame and violence breaks out, Lily and her group must survive and convince everyone they had nothing to do with it.

From the opening moments of Assassination Nation, Sam Levinson completely lays out what he is (very obviously) attempting to show you.

“This is a true story,” the film states.

“A few trigger warnings” appears on screen, as our lead character Lily lists the offensive (but real!) events that the film will depict.

Herein lies the problem. That’s it. That’s all Assassination Nation gives you. The subsequent 110 minutes throw everything at you with surface level social commentary that feels as if Eli Roth directed a bad episode of Black Mirror adapted from a horrifying 4chan thread, with all the subtlety of a Magic Kingdom fireworks display.

It continuously beats you over the head with painfully obvious observations and tries to comment on everything without saying anything at all. Yes, it’s a witch hunt. We get it, it takes place in Salem. Yes, this horrible stuff constantly happens in the real world, but it’s sensationalized here intentionally.

We get it.

The problem is that it’s never interesting, exciting, or even creative.

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