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Killing Bono
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Sep 3, 2012 By: Chris Bumbray
Killing Bono order
Director:
Nick Hamm

Actors:
Ben Barnes
Robert Sheehan

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Irish lads Neil McCormick (Ben Barnes) and his brother Ivan (Robert Sheehan) want to start a rock band, just like their best friends- The Hype- soon to be known as U2. Bono wants Ivan to join them, but Neil lies, and they start a band called Shook Up- which ambles along through the mid-eighties.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Apparently based on a true story, KILLING BONO is a film that didn't make a huge splash when it came out a few months ago, but I quite enjoyed it. Now that it's on Blu-ray, hopefully eighties music aficionados will give this a shot- as they're bound to enjoy this little-known rock tale. Yes- Shook Up was a real band (you can see them on Youtube), although they come across as a lot more talented in this film that they probably were in real life. I don't mean that as a dig- but, ya know- they weren't U2.

Of course, KILLING BONO doesn't pretend that they could have broken through in the same way, but it's a fun story regardless. Ben Barnes, who's best known as Caspian for the NARNIA film, is quite good as the conceited, fast-talking McCormick- who constantly bamboozles his young brother Ivan. Robert Sheehan is also quite good as the younger brother- as is Pete Postlewaite in his final (smallish) role as the boys amorous landlord. BREAKING BAD's Krysten Ritter is on-board as Neil's love-interest, although in true rock n'roll fashion, you can guess their love story probably isn't bound to work out too well.

Bono seems to have given his blessing to KILLING BONO, so he's portrayed in a pretty sympathetic light, so don't go in expecting much dirt on U2. But then again- this isn't their story, and what happens to the McCormick brothers is entertaining enough that you won't really care.
THE EXTRAS
Not much here, other than a featurette and the trailer.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Overall, KILLING BONO is very lightweight, in the tradition of THE FULL MONTY or other non-offensive British comedies. But- it's charming in it's own right. I had a good time with it, and it's certainly worth catching up with now that it's out on Blu-ray/DVD.
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