So, you’re ugly. That’s too bad. But you don’t want to be ugly no more. So what do you do? Hit the gym and hope that a killer six pack will distract the ladies from your heinous face? Work hard and save up for plastic surgery? Or work hard and save up and hope that a killer bank account will distract the ladies from your heinous face? Well, if you’re Jim Sturgess (pre-looking like Jim Sturgess), the most obvious choice is to make a deal with the devil to become handsome like Jim Sturgess. The only snag is that you have to become a serial killer of bad people in return.
Thats the basic plot to Heartless right there. And while the poster is kinda nifty and the handsome Sturgess has done some great work in Across The Universe and some good work in 21, and the fact that it has an okay line up with the likes of Clemence Poesy, Noel Clarke, Timothy Spall and Eddie Marsan, there’s still not alot to get excited about. Its directed by Philip Ridley (who?), who’s been all quiet on the cinematic front since his 1995 film The Passion Of The Darkly Moon (what?), and then there’s the fact that the plot sounds like a cross between comedy t.v. show Reaper and comedy films She’s All That and every other teen comedy flick that has a barely less than utterly attractive person who’s given a makeover (which usually involves them getting contact lenses and washing their hair) and then BAM! all of a sudden you’re a hottie. But taking all these comedic elements, and playing them up in a horror movie?