written by Brian Gunn and Mark Gunn
directed by David Yarovesky
A spaceship crashes in a Kansas farm owned by a young married couple (Elizabeth Banks and David David Denman). Inside is an infant child, who the pair adopt and name Brandon. Brandon (Jackson A. Dunn) grows up, unaware of his origins, until one day he starts to exhibit superhuman abilities. But these powers are not meant for the benefit of mankind, as in the Superman origin story from which Brightburn takes its inspiration. No, Brandon has one directive and it’s not to fight crime and help his fellow citizens. It’s to take over the world.
It’s a wicked idea that could’ve made for a pretty cool horror flick. But Brightburn is too aimless in its execution to make an impression, lacking mood, scares, or even an interesting reason for Brandon to transform from sweet kid to evil monster. He just suddenly is (guess that puberty is a bitch). Not even a couple of delightfully gory scenes and an admittedly unexpected ending can make up for the fact that this Boy of Steel just won’t fly.
Carlos I. Cuevas