Assassination Nation 1.0 stars

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An initial piece of foreshadowing — why the Mathers didn’t invite former babysitter Lily (Odessa Young) into their home — paid off in full. The same can’t be said about the mystery identity of the hacker responsible for exposing the sexual secrets of their small-town American burg. What begins as a hyper-anarchic flat-out black comedy takes an overly talkative turn at Tarantino Terrace before collapsing under the weight of that vilest of all genres, the slasher film. Yet another faintly imagined feminist revenge epic that tries to get a handle on misogyny by role-reversing its leads — in this case, a quartet of of color-coordinated besties — into even more toxic variations on their male assailants. The film also raises the age-old question: how do one's person’s hands get covered in blood after administering a single blow to the head with a baseball bat? With: Hari Nef, Suki Waterhouse, Abra, and Bella Thorne.

Scott Marks

Length: 1 hour, 47 minutes

Rated: R

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