directed by Anton Corbijn
The story of one of music’s brightest stars, Joy Division, is as blistering in its brevity as it is in its honesty. Sam Riley is amazing as Ian, lead singer of the band who came to be synonymous with all that is amazing in post punk, and in music in general. Riley doesn’t concern himself with strict character impersonations, which makes his performance all the more powerful, but when he is on stage during the concert sequences it’s uncanny. Corbijn is a music director at heart, and his film beats with a pulse all its own. Shot in black and white, Corbijn captures bleakness and isolation amid the English countryside. Another one that should be on any music lover’s must see list, Control is a glimpse beneath the surface of one of rock’s most enigmatic and powerful forces.