Killing Bono

Published October 17, 2011

Killing Bono

Film info

  • Title Killing Bono
  • Director Nick Hamm
  • Year 2011
  • Run time 1hr 54m
  • Genres Comedy, Drama
  • Tagline Coming soon to a venue near you

Based on Neil McCormack's memoir, this film tells the story of two brothers' attempt to become global rock stars, but can only look on as old school friends, U2, become the biggest band in the world.

Background Info

I can’t say this is a film I’d ever have picked out myself, but Mr C has some knowledge of U2 and has read the book. He wasn’t sure how it would translate into a movie and was curious to see more. I went along for the ride, because I have a crush on the Edge. He’s not in the film, clearly, but I’m easily swayed.

Live Blog

Time Comment
1:14 - Yay, Dublin!
1:30 - Ben Barnes was Dorian Gray.
4:00 - We have had to pause because I can’t believe Bono’s name isn’t Bono!!!
6:06 - No one sounds that good the first time you get together.
9:13 - Mr C is finding flaws already. I quite like their accents though.
12:40 - Wonder what McCartney and Lennon would have sounded like if they were that way round.
13:54 - They did not have this conversation on the back of a bus! I don’t like it!
16:46 - Ooh, pin badges!
19:38 - “That’s the Pope, wears a Popey hat, drives the Popemobile.”
21:47 - Being the band is a good way of getting in the lapdancing club for free.
24:23 - Scary Irish gangster man.
25:22 - He’s quite fun though.
27:13 - “If Bono thinks we’re good, we don’t need him.”
30:51 - What kind of crazy dungarees is that boy wearing?
33:13 - Lovely Pete Postlethwaite.
37:23 - That’s an epic quiff he’s got going on. The Eighties are certainly a unique style.
40:53 - Just seeing him wrapped up in a duvet, sitting in front of a tiny heater, makes me feel cold.
46:29 - “I sort of hung on to him.” He’s not going to be happy about it.
50:48 - Barry Marshmanilow.
52:27 - I love his mobile phone. It’s like carrying around the whole exchange with you.
57:28 - “Don’t you know Bob? He’s from Ireland.”
1:00:12 - First song of theirs I have liked. I’d sign them.
1:07:27 - Wow. He didn’t learn from his first mistake then.
1:10:30 - That’s like the meanest thing you could ever do, right before he was meant to go on stage.
1:11:39 - “You made the worst decision of my life.”
1:14:11 - They were an actual band then. I wonder if they’re on iTunes.
1:16:37 - My god, this man has no redeeming features at all.
1:19:54 - It all seems eerily reminiscent of Oasis.
1:22:56 - No one has mentioned that the Bono on all the posters is not the same as the other Bono.
1:28:30 - Everyone in Dublin says they’re friends with Bono.
1:33:46 - They’re painting Bono in a pretty angelic light.
1:37:40 - U2 song!
1:42:47 - I really like Ivan.
1:49:46 - The Irish countryside is pretty stunning. There are worse places to be stuck.


Well. Where to begin? Overall, it wasn’t the worst film ever. I wasn’t expecting great things, but it got better as it went on. The real problem came from the fact that in the first five minutes all of my Bono and Edge illusions were shattered when I learned their real names, and you can’t really get over something like that in time to watch and enjoy the rest of the film.

The main character was just completely unlikeable, he had absolutely no redeeming qualities whatsoever, and that meant by the end, I just wanted him to get his comeuppance and get on with it.

Also, afterwards, IMDB tipped me off that it wasn’t the brother that stopped the other brother being in the band, it was Adam Clayton. I know that lots of the film is made up, gangsters, guns, girls, etc. But the entire premise was false and that left me with quite a bad taste in my mouth.

Didn’t think Ben Barnes' accent was too bad, but it did seem to wander around the whole of Ireland occasionally.

Rating: 2/5

Rating: 2 / 5

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