Starring: Elizabeth Banks, David Denman, Jackson A. Dunn, Matt Jones, Meredith Hagner, Gregory Alan Williams
OUR RATING: ★★★☆☆
Superhero horror directed by David Yarovesky and co-written and co-produced by James Gunn. The story is described as follows: “What if a child from another world crash-landed on Earth, but instead of becoming a hero to mankind, he proved to be something far more sinister?”
Best Quotes (Total Quotes: 17)
[Tori finds Brandon sleepwalkingto the barn, trying to open the cellar door]
Brandon Breyer: What’s going on? Where am I?
Tori Breyer: It’s mom! It’s mom. It’s mom. Look at me. Hey, you’re alright. You’re alright. You’re alright.
[she embraces him to calm him down]
Tori Breyer: You’re alright. You were sleepwalking I think.
Brandon Breyer: Yeah, I was. There was these voices, or something..
Tori Breyer: Well, you’re okay now. You’re okay now.
Kyle Breyer: First couple of years after we adopted you, I had no clue how to be a dad. And your mom, she was out one day, and you were balling your eyes out, but I had the secret weapon.
[he holds up some candy]
Brandon Breyer: So you gave me a piece of candy?
Kyle Breyer: Yep.
Brandon Breyer: Did it work?
Kyle Breyer: I guess. You didn’t turn up that bad did you? Huh?
[referring to Brandon]
Tori Breyer: It’s like he’s always been, you know, my little sweet guy. And now he’s so different.
Merilee McNichol: It’s called puberty.
Tori Breyer: So I’m over-reacting, which I obviously am.
Merilee McNichol: A little. A little. A little bit.
Tori Breyer: I love you. Thank you.
[after being pushed to the ground by the other kids]
P.E. Teacher: Dammit, Caitlyn, give him a hand up.
P.E. Teacher: Hey, hold on. We’re all on the same team here.
Caitlyn: He’s a pervert!
Brandon Breyer: Liar.
P.E. Teacher: Caitlyn, help him up, or you’ll fail this class.
[she reluctantly extends her hand to help Brandon, as he takes hold of it, he begins to crush her hand]
Caitlyn: What are you doing?
P.E. Teacher: Brandon!
Caitlyn: Let go! Stop it!
P.E. Teacher: Brandon, stop!
[she screams in pain as he crushes her hand]
[after Brandon has broken Caitlyn’s hand]
Erica: I want him in handcuffs and I want him gone.
Principal: We are taking action. Brandon is going to be suspended for two days.
Erica: Suspended?! Do your job, arrest him!
Sheriff Deever: I’m sorry, ma’am, that’s not your call.
Principal: After the suspension, he’ll be in regular sessions with our school counselor, Miss Merilee.
Erica: His aunt. Oh, Jesus fucking Christ.
Erica: Do you even know who his real mother is?
Tori Breyer: I’m his real mother.
Erica: I meant whatever in-bread psycho gave birth to him.
Kyle Breyer: Hey!
Tori Breyer: I know exactly what you meant. If trash talking a twelve-year old child lets you sleep better at night, Erica, maybe you’re the one who needs help. I’m sorry about your daughter.
Tori Breyer: I need to tell you something. The other night when I’ve found him sleepwalking, he wasn’t downstairs, he was in the barn.
Kyle Breyer: Did he find it?
Tori Breyer: No, no. But he was talking at the trapdoor.
Kyle Breyer: How did he even know what’s in there?
Tori Breyer: I don’t think he does. It was like he was drawn to it.
Kyle Breyer: Babe, he may look like us, and sound like us, but he’s never bled, not once in his whole life. He’s never been cut, or broken a bone, or had a bruise. And now he’s hurting people!
Brandon Breyer: Who am I?
Tori Breyer: You’re our son.
[referring to the spaceship in the barn]
Brandon Breyer: What is this? Where did I come from?
Tori Breyer: Listen, baby, I know it’s been difficult for you lately, that you feel different from other kids. You are different. After your dad and I got married, we prayed and prayed for a baby for so long, to God, to the universe, to anyone that was listening, and then one night, one perfect night, someone listened. We did not adopt you from an agency. You came here, arrived here in that. We found you in the woods, you were just a little guy, all alone. You could barely breathe, and so we took you in. And you have been a gift, my baby boy.
Tori Breyer: I can’t even imagine how overwhelmed you must feel right now, but you have to know that your dad and I, we believe that you came here for a reason, that you are special, and that you are going to do incredible…
Brandon Breyer: You lied to me!
Tori Breyer: We just wanted to take care of you. And we always planned to tell you…
Brandon Breyer: You lied to me! You lied!
Tori Breyer: But we…
[he runs into the living room and starts smashing up things in anger]
Brandon Breyer: I hate you! You lied to me! You liars, everything, you lie! I hate you, I hate this place!
Kyle Breyer: What’s going on in here? What’s going on?
[referring to the ship]
Tori Breyer: He found it. He found it.
[as he finally understands the ship’s message]
Brandon Breyer: Take the world.
[Caitlyn see Brandon in her room]
Brandon Breyer: Don’t scream.
Caitlyn: What are you doing here?
Brandon Breyer: I brought you flowers.
Caitlyn: You can’t be here.
Brandon Breyer: Don’t be scared. I want to talk to you. I want to tell you what I’ve learned tonight. I learned that I’m very special. You’re one of the only people in the world that knows how special I am. But someday they will all know.
Caitlyn: [in tears] My mom told me not to talk to you.
Brandon Breyer: I’m going to take care of that.
[she closes her eyes as she cries, then when she opens them, Brandon is gone]
Kyle Breyer: Babe, we’ve got to do something. If we don’t more people are going to get hurt, or people will die. You got to be with me on this.
Tori Breyer: I will never turn against our son.
Kyle Breyer: He’s not our son! He’s some thing we found in the woods.
Tori Breyer: [hitting him] How fucking dare you say that to me? How dare you fucking say that to me?
Kyle Breyer: Babe, come on, he is killing us!
Sheriff Deever: Good afternoon, Tori.
Tori Breyer: Hey.
Sheriff Deever: Your boy around by chance?
Tori Breyer: Brandon went hunting with his dad. Is something wrong?
Sheriff Deever: Well, maybe you can answer a question for me. Does this look familiar to you?
[he shows her a photo of the symbol found at the scenes of Erica’s and Noah’s deaths]
Sheriff Deever: Some kind of signature left at spot where both Erica and Noah died.
Tori Breyer: No.
Sheriff Deever: Doesn’t that look like a BB maybe? As in Brandon Breyer?
Tori Breyer: I don’t see it.
Sheriff Deever: Would you mind if I come in, take a look around?
Tori Breyer: I do mind. I think actually you should go.
Sheriff Deever: Alright, but you know I’ll be back.
[after Brandon destroys their house, and Tori calls the police for help]
Sheriff Deever: Tori, you got the sheriff here. Where are you? Follow the sound of my voice, Tori.
Tori Breyer: I’m here.
[Brandon explodes through the door]
Deputy Aryes: Jesus Christ, what the fuck was that?
Sheriff Deever: Tori!
Tori Breyer: I’m here!
[Tori runs towards Deever]
Sheriff Deever: You are safe now, we got you.
Tori Breyer: No, no, no! You don’t understand…
[suddenly Brandon sweeps in and kills Deever]
Tori Breyer: Brandon, listen to me. I have never stopped loving you. I believe, I still believe, you are a blessing that fell to this earth.
[she takes off his mask]
Tori Breyer: When we found you, you were so tiny and fragile, and all we could do was keep you safe. Whatever you’ve done, I know there is good inside you.
Brandon Breyer: I want to do good, mom. I do.
Tori Breyer: And you will.
[she embraces him]
Tori Breyer: You will always be my baby boy.
[as she goes to stab him, Brandon anticipates and stops her]
Tori Breyer: Oh, Brandon, I’m sorry. Oh, Brandon.
[in anger, Brandon flies Tori through the barn roof, above the clouds, then drops her to her death, at the same time Brandon sees an airplane in the sky nearby]
[the next day a news report refers to the plane crash in Brightburn]
Reporter: Breaking news at this hour. A passenger jet has crashed in the small town of Brightburn, Kansas. Details are still coming in, but there are believed to be no survivors among the two hundred sixty-eight passengers onboard. Investigators are not yet sure what caused the plane to drop suddenly from the sky and crash into this small family farm. Among the reported dead, are the residents of the farmhouse, Kyle and Tori Breyer. They are survived by their twelve year-old son, Brandon.
[we see a conspiracy theorist discuss the numerous destructions in Brightburn]
The Big T: The mainstream media, as usual, tried to sell you all a load of bullshit! Just like that half-man half-sea creature, capsizing fishing vessels in the South China Sea. Like what we were talking about last week. Some kind of witch woman who choked people out with ropes and cords. They are all out there. They are all waiting. And they are all going to eat us for fucking breakfast, unless we get our shit together and do something!
Total Quotes: 17
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