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Assassination Nation

also known as “Nación asesina,” «Нация убийц»
MPA Rating: R-Rating (MPA) R for disturbing bloody violence, strong sexual material including menace, pervasive language, and for drug and alcohol use - all involving teens.
Moral Rating: Not Recommended
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Primary Audience: Adults
Genre: Crime Horror Suspense Dark-Satire Drama
Length: 1 hr. 50 min.
Year of Release: 2018
USA Release: January 21, 2018 (festival)
September 21, 2018 (wide release)
DVD: December 18, 2018
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Featuring Odessa Young … Lily
Hari Nef … Bex
Suki Waterhouse … Sarah
Abra … Em
Colman Domingo … Principal Turrell
Bill Skarsgård (Bill Skarsgard) … Mark
Joel McHale … Nick
Anika Noni Rose … Nance
Bella ThorneReagan
Jennifer MorrisonMargie Duncan
Maude Apatow … Grace
Cody Christian … Johnny
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Director Sam Levinson
Producer BRON Studios
Foxtail Entertainment
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Distributor: Neon. Trademark logo.

Bloody, violent, lascivious foul-mouthed teensploitation

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Here’s what the distributor says about their film: “High school senior Lily and her group of friends live in a haze of texts, posts, selfies and chats just like the rest of the world. So, when an malicious anonymous hacker starts posting details from the private lives of everyone in their small town, the result is absolute madness leaving Lily and her friends questioning whether they’ll live through the night.”

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Secular Movie Critics
…Equal parts “The Crucible,” “Kill Bill” and well, h*ll — “Carrie” — “Assassination Nation” is straight up action exploitation, a scantily clad, sexed-up slut-shamed girls satire about scantily clad, sexed-up and slut-shamed girls who get even. [2½/4]…
Roger Moore, Movie Nation
…A Heathers meets The Purge meets Russ Meyer free-for-all that takes elements of the Salem witch trials and transposes them to the age of the internet. That's a lot to take on, and there are diminishing returns by the time the movie reaches its bloody conclusion. …
Gary Thompson, Philadelphia Daily News
…From the get-go, Levinson makes every wrongheaded directorial decision imaginable in an apparent effort to make one loathe Assassination Nation—and his success in that regard proves this teensploitation schlock’s lone triumph.…
Nick Schager, Film Journal International
…Energetically lurid, gratuitously violent and a hell of a lot of fun, horror-satire Assassination Nation is a throwback to black-comedy teen flicks of yore, but with a bitingly timely feel. …
Leslie Felperin, Variety
…Although skirting the inexplicable and the absurd, Assassination Nation is a pulpy and immensely entertaining roller coaster, hallmarked by its relentless sociocritical bite and refined cinematic craft. …
Matthew Roe, Film Threat
…It’s a chaotic jumble of movie references, cellphone footage, emojis, trigger warnings and edgy teen content. But it’s the fumbled “feminist” commentary that is just embarrassing to watch. …
Katie Walsh, Tribune News Service
…Levinson’s battling more villains than any script can take on, and by the end, his sharp jabs bleed into a gory finale that settles for cathartic cheers. …
Amy Nicholson, Variety
…it fades away as an experience as ugly as it is unpleasant. …
Jordan Raup, The Film Stage