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TIFF Review: ‘Assassination Nation’

September 12, 2018Ferdosa Abdi

What happens when your entire life, the good and the bad, is revealed to the world thanks to a cyber hacking? Well, you pickup the nearest shotgun and start purging. At least, that's what the premise is in Assassination Nation, which takes this idea and amplifies it to a hundred.

18-year-old Lily (Odessa Young) is more than aware of this current climate women find themselves and actively attempts to stand up to societal expectations of her. But when things start unraveling for her and her friends, Em (Abra), Sarah (Suki Waterhouse), and Bex (Hari Nef), the girls are forced to adapt quickly to their new world.

Writer/Director Sam Levinson's horror-comedy is a brilliant mash-up of The Purge and Heathers. If you are at all sensitive to a "feminist agenda," however, you might want to steer clear of Assassination Nation. This is an energetic, violent, hilarious and poignant satire that hones in on the trials and tribulations of being a teenage girl in the modern age.

Assassination Nation makes its international premiere at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival. Its runtime is 1 hr. 48 min.

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