For a new studio, Neon has been extremely busy over the past two years. Last year, Neon found it’s way into the Oscar discussion with “I, Tonya,” which netted Allison Janney an Oscar. There were many fans of other indie darlings “Beach Rats” and “Ingrid Goes West” which both have their fair share of supporters. This year, Neon was busy on the festival circuit, releasing “Borg vs. McEnroe” and “Three Identical Strangers” across the country. It’s tough for independent distributors to compete in the marketplace, but Neon has done admiral. One of their upcoming features “Assassination Nation,” could be another breakout.
Today, NEON released a red band trailer for the upcoming film. “Assassination Nation”
“Assassination Nation” premiered at the Sundance film festival to varying reviews. While it hit a 77% on Rotten Tomatoes, it received a 56 on Metacritic (although both sample sizes are small). Furthermore, after the trailer ends there is a series of buzzwords the marketing seems to be openly embracing, including homophobia and racism.
It would be almost unthinkable this film could end up as an Oscar player. Written and directed by Sam Levinson, “Assassination Nation” looks like a violent and cynical view of the internet age. Yet there is something compelling in the footage we see. The cast is also rather strong, featuring Odessa Young, Bella Thorne, Joel McHale and Bill Skarsgård. The pieces are here where a hit like “Spring Breakers” or “Green Room” may be possible.