If there’s one thing we value when it comes to our internet browsing, group chats (when we aren’t doing the screenshotting), and nudes, it’s privacy. That’s why there’s been such a fuss against bills such as the Snooper’s Charter in the UK. It’s also the reason for those popups from literally every website, that assure us how much they ‘value our privacy’. So what if everything was just suddenly, very publicly released? That’s the premise for Assassination Nation.
The film, written and directed by Sam Levinson, got its red-band trailer today, and it has unleashed some serious gore. Odessa Young, Suki Waterhouse, Hari Nef, and Abra are the foursome at the centre of the violent hacker movie, falling victim – along with the rest of the town – to a malicious hacker (the other kind) and having all of the aforementioned details made public.
Madness ensues, obviously. Because when “17,000 people’s texts and emails get leaked, shit gets really fucking weird,” according to Odessa Young’s menacingly monotone voiceover. Bats, guns, spades, and any other object with the potential to cause grievous bodily harm, are employed by the townspeople as Salem devolves into chaos splashed with neon hues.
Supporting performances come from Joel McHale, IT’s Bill Skarsgard, and Bella Thorne, who’ll presumably contribute their fair share to the gory goings-on that had critics raving at Sundance.
Watch the trailer for Assassination Nation – which has a September 21 release date in the US, and is slated for November 23 in the UK – below.