Release Date : May 17, 2007 Wide Genre Movie :Musical & Performing Arts,Drama
Mpaa Rating : R
Actors :Samantha Morton,Sam Riley,Alexandra Maria Lara,Joe Anderson,Toby Kebbell,Craig Parkinson,James Anthony Pearson,Harry Treadaway,Andrew Sheridan,Robert Shelly,Richard Bremmer,Tanya Myers,Martha Myers-Lowe,Matthew McNulty,David Whittington,Margaret Jackman,Mary Jo Randle,Ben Naylor,John Cooper Clarke,James Fortune
Prolific music-video helmer and award-winning photographer Anton Corbijn makes his feature directorial debut with this biographical drama concerning the late Joy Division frontman Ian Curtis. Based on the book Touching from a Distance: Ian Curtis & Joy Division by the enigmatic singer's wife Deborah Curtis, Control documents the life of a legend who changed the face of modern music but never lived to witness the remarkable impact of his life's work. The time was the late 1970s, and the post-punk explosion was just gaining momentum in England. At the forefront of this movement was a band named Joy Division. Formed in 1976 and first calling themselves Warsaw, Joy Division favored mood and expression over the aggressive stance that had come to define punk rock. The band was championed by Factory Records founder Tony Wilson, and collaborated with producer Martin Hannett on the album that would become their undisputed masterpiece -- 1979's Unknown Pleasures. But despite the band's rising popularity, lead singer Curtis was not in good mental or physical health due a debilitating battle with epilepsy and an extramarital affair, and hanged himself in his Macclesfield home on the eve of the band's first U.S. tour. Newcomer Sam Riley stars opposite Samantha Morton in the film that sets out to tell the definitive story of a true rock & roll legend. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
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New Review For Movie Control[An] absorbing and ultimately harrowing look at Ian Curtis' short, unhappy life.
Bill Goodykoontz-Arizona Republic
Sam Riley is fascinating as Curtis, a hypersensitive young man hobbled by his incurable disease, and Samantha Morton is poignant as his put-upon wife.
Andrea Gronvall-Chicago Reader
The film nails both the malaise and creative vigor of Curtis' short, bruised and chillingly relatable life.
John Wenzel-Denver Post
Though Curtis is hopelessly dysfunctional, photographer-turned-filmmaker Anton Corbijn makes us achingly aware of the singer's talent, the haunting poetry of his songs and how, living in the gloomy culture he did, his passing was virtually inevitable.
Desson Thomson-Washington Post
A film that perfectly captures the essence of the legendary and influential cult band Joy Division and its tragic lead singer, Ian Curtis.
Richard Roeper-Ebert & Roeper
Control" has an unmistakable pulse: a wiry, electric tension between the extraordinary spectacle of Curtis at maximum surge and the dented ordinariness of which his undear life, like ours, was mostly composed.
Anthony Lane-New Yorker
The film overcomes the central miscasting of Samantha Morton.
Bill Chambers-Film Freak Central
The way Ian Curtis blocked his onstage movement mirrored isolationism in his home life. He clasped the microphone stand like a drowning man would a life preserver, but he couldn't stay afloat in dreary waters of his own creation. A seamless rock biopic.
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Control does justice to Curtis' legacy but fails to make any further grasps for significance.
Sean Gandert-Paste Magazine
Um filme repleto de planos magnificamente compostos e que se tornam ainda mais impactantes graças à impecável fotografia em preto-e-branco de Martin Ruhe.
Pablo Villaca-Cinema em Cena
Positioning art as a necessary surrender to a creative force which removes the self dangerously from existence and society, Control intimately connects in tragic yet euphoric ways to the mixed blessing of the radically unleashed musical imagination.
Some of Riley's musical performances are electrifying. This would not be a bad movie at all, except for the infuriatingly romantic portrayal of suicide.
Robert Roten-Laramie Movie Scope
Ian's trapped between insurrection and guilt, and so is Corbijn's film which mires itself in the artist's bourgeoisie dramas without figuring out how they influenced his music.
Amy Nicholson-I.E. Weekly
Smashes the music biopic mold by portraying the star at its center not as a mythological creature, but as a real-life, messed-up kid in over his head.
More expressive than Gus Van Sant's "Last Days" about a tragic music figure, but incrementally so.
Jules Brenner-Cinema Signals
Tells me more than I care to know about the ill-fated singer with a personality like talcum powder and songs fit to make the depressed even more depressed.
Dennis Schwartz-Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Riley gives a great performance, and director Corbijn's direction is deceptively perceptive. One of the year's best.
Dan Jardine-Apollo Guide
The monochromatic palette suggests the kitchen-sink heyday of 1960s British cinema; fittingly, 'Control' is at its best when it concentrates on the quotidian.
John Beifuss-Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Control humanizes Curtis while acknowledging that he could be remote and even cruel in his selfishness and despair.
Derek Donovan-Kansas City Star
Joy Division fans have already embraced Control, a film biography of short-lived lead singer Ian Curtis. Those of us who didn't follow the 1970s English band or the post-punk scene around it may feel less invested.
Lawrence Toppman-Charlotte Observer
A wobbly construction of facts, but as musical bio-pics go, it has real cinematic personality and avoids most of the painful clichés that tend to shadow these productions...you can sense Deborah's script-approval fingerprints all over the material.
Even if you have no interest in Joy Division, this picture is worth seeing for the unsentimental empathy and passion of the moviemaking.
Michael Sragow-Baltimore Sun
Control is easily one of the finest films ever made about the collision of music, madness, and the human heart.
Marc Savlov-Austin Chronicle
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Movie Overview For ControlControl is the biography of Joy Division lead singer Ian Curtis, taking his story from schoolboy days of 1973 to his suicide on the eve of the band's first American tour in 1980.