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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP10 Sep 2018 4:08 p.m. PST

"Freaks is the movie version of a flower. It starts small, constricted, and mysterious. But as it grows, it opens up, gets brighter, and reveals itself as something beautiful. Written and directed by Adam Stein and Zach Lipovsky, Freaks is about family, heroes, and society. It's filled with familiar elements, to be sure, but those are mostly used to buck expectations in order to tell a surprisingly heartfelt sci-fi story.

The film begins with a father (Emile Hirsch) and daughter (Lexy Kolker) secretly hiding in a house. Dad tells his daughter, named Chloe, they can't go outside because people want to kill them. Whether or not that's true, at least at the start, is up for debate, and the mystery sets the tone for what's to come. More and more questions about these two enigmatic characters and their circumstances begin to pile up, building edge-of-your-seat suspense and tension, until Chloe can't take it anymore. She decides to go outside against her father's wishes and, in doing so, sets off a chain reaction with worldwide ramifications.

One of the first mysteries solved by the film is that Chloe is different because she has special abilities. In fact, this is a world—sort of like the X-Men universe—where the majority of humans are "normal" and a minority have powers, which is why people call them "freaks." And while Stein and Lipovsky could have easily taken that conceit and turned it into an allegory for racism, that's left mostly implicit. Explicitly, Freaks explores what that kind of dichotomy does to a family, particularly the relationship between a father and daughter…."
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