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THE NEON DEMON (18) ..... CONSISTENCY isn't a word you'd associate with director Nicolas Winding Refn.

In 2011 he gave us one of the films of the year in the shape of Drive before its follow-up, Only God Forgives, earned some of the worst notices of 2013.

His latest, a horror recalling the garish giallo of Dario Argento, lies somewhere in between.

Elle Fanning plays a 16-year-old who arrives in LA with big dreams of becoming a model - dreams swiftly realised when she's chosen to pose for a celebrated photographer.

Her meteoric rise from anonymity to A-list attracts the attentions of a lonely make-up girl (Jena Malone), a sleazy landlord (Keanu Reeves) and a pair of catty catwalk queens.

The barbs about the fashion world's vacuity and its bitchy players are hardly new but they're delivered with panache and some humour, despite the director's over-reliance on strobe lights and a synth-heavy soundtrack.

A whirlwind of murder, necrophilia and even a touch of cannibalism is delivered with alarming pretentiousness.


| Elle Fanning plays a 16-year-old who hopes to be a model in LA

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Publication:Wales On Sunday (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jul 10, 2016
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