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Brash, violent and nihilistic, Assassination Nation feels like the product of a one-night stand between Spring Breakers and The Purge. A trigger warning flags up every conceivable hot-button topic – it’s a device that comes straight out of the Gaspar Noé playbook. This is pure genre exploitation – a gleefully gory revenge flick that leaves its small-town streets awash with blood. It may also be one of the smartest, most perceptive commentaries on a contemporary society distorted and magnified by online hysteria that you are likely to wince your way through.

A malicious data breach causes a meltdown in the town of Salem, where at least half the residents have found their personal messages and emails hacked and shared. The people look for someone to blame, and virtual vigilantism soon spills out on to the streets; the result is like a Twitter pile-on armed with semi-automatic weapons. Four teenage girls (Odessa Young, Hari Nef, Suki Waterhouse, Abra) become the targets of the community, which masked, armed and pumped up into a frenzy, has collectively decided to mete out some justice.

A slick visual package that knowingly ping pongs the audience between ironic distance and immersive ultra-violence, Assassination Nation also takes well-aimed potshots at the patriarchy and the expectations placed upon young women by a jaded, content-hungry culture raised on insta-porn imagery.

Assassination Nation trailer. Source: The Guardian

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