NEON is one of the most compelling distributors of our day. A few days back they dropped a trailer for what looks to be another fascinating part of their catalog. “New Order” is the latest film from visionary writer-director Michael Franco. This dystopian thriller looks to have a biting relevance and an unflinchingly brutal perspective on class, civil unrest, and government power. The film premiered at the 2020 Venice Film Frstival. Now it’s on its way to American theaters courtesy of NEON.
The film sets itself in Mexico in the not-to-distant future. In the early scenes we see a lavish high-society wedding suddenly interrupted by armed rioters. The invaders are part of a violent uprising of the oppressed lower class who overrun the city. Meanwhile the government sees the chaos as an opportunity to overpower the populace and put in place a military-ran dictatorship. Obviously Franco lays some heavy topics on the table and it will be interesting to see how far he goes with it.
“New Order” opens in select theaters May 21st. Check out the trailer below and let me know if you’ll be seeing it or taking a pass.