Naked

Naked

DVD - 2005
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Rejecting all those who would care for him, the volcanic Johnny hurls himself into a nocturnal odyssey through the city, colliding with a succession of the desperate and the dispossessed and scorching everyone in his path.
Publisher: [United States] : Home Vision Entertainment : New Line Home Entertainment, [2005]
Edition: Special ed
ISBN: 9781559409605
1559409606
Branch Call Number: DVD F NAK

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MontMoroc
Sep 15, 2018

One of the greatest screen performances ever by David Thewliss as the scowling, acidic, brilliant lead character- this the the reason you should see this film immediately. If you read the comments on IMDB you'll find the majority of people blown away by the main character ( love em' or ate 'im ).

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Calvacade
Sep 15, 2018

Mike Leigh's dystopian, bleak London is rendered more forcefully in this film than perhaps in any of his others: a sense of hopeless nihilism pervades throughout and one is left empty, disturbed and yet somehow satisfied. None of the characters in the film is actively likeable, and yet one finds oneself rooting for the self-destructive Johnny, a misanthropic semi-fugitive whose story provides the main thrust of the film's plot, to take as many other people down with him as possible. In his subconscious quest to do just that, Johnny starts off in control, encountering and psychologically devastating a sequence of increasingly hopeless characters, each of whom is flawed in a specific way which emphasizes their own mental frailty.

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andreajesse
Feb 18, 2018

I remember seeing this film back when it came out (1993) and it came as a bit of a shock. From the opening scene, we are left feeling unsettled by the character of Johnny (David Thewlis). Who is this low class, but well-read guy and is he out to terrorize the neighborhood? He goes to see his ex-girlfriend Louise and encounters her roommate Sophie (Katrin Cartlidge). She is captivated by him despite his brutish ways. Louise, it seems, is the only one who really understands him. But does he want to be understood. He has a sort of rambling monologue throughout which is at once interesting and off-putting. All the people he encounters appear to be inexplicably drawn to him. He does have a certain charm. Then there is Jeremy/Sebastian. He occupies the role of extreme brute. He is downright frightening. He finds his way into the roommates' flat and exacts his evil ways. Knock out performances by Thewlis and Cartlidge. I understand that director Mike Leigh does not begin the process of film-making with a script. He begins with a basic premise and then the storyline develops through improvisation by the actors. All I can say is that these actors took the story to places I certainly had never seen before.

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Chairman_Meow
Jan 24, 2013

I loved this film! Never was a big fan of Mike Leigh before I saw this one. The acting in Naked paradigm for British acting excellence.

jpozenel Jul 28, 2012

This movie is awful, so that's the rating that I gave it...one half star i.e., "awful". I wish I hadn't believed the ratings that I saw for this movie on IMDB. Read the "hated it" comments under user reviews on IMDB...those most accurately describe this movie. It's absolute garbage.

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