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Finally, a Heartwarming Movie About Teenage Assassins: Violet & Daisy Trailer

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trailers | May 1, 2013 |

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trailers | May 1, 2013 |

It’s a shame seeing a young and talented actress like Saoirse Ronin getting typecast, but I’d say if you’re going to end up pigeon holed, you can’t do much better than being cast repeatedly into intelligent and surreal films in which you play a murderous teenager with hidden depth.

And of course the film Violet & Daisy is giving us James Gandolfini and Danny Trejo as well. Here’s the trailer:

I really prefer to think that Alexis Bledel is actually playing Rory Gilmore in this. I think we all know that underneath the machine gun spray of wit there was a desire for literal gun play.

That trailer is extraordinarily hard to get a read off of. At various points it feels like Hanna, early Tarantino, a more grounded version of Hit Girl, and some sort of riff on Terry Gilliam. And yet it stitches together as a cohesive whole rather than a hodge podge pastiche. Or in a word, one might describe my reaction as intrigued.

Here’s the obligatory plot summary:

Violet (Alexis Bledel) and Daisy (Saoirse Ronan) are a pair of gum-cracking teenage assassins who casually snuff out crime figures in New York City, distracted only by the fact that a concert by their favorite pop idol Barbie Sunday has suddenly been canceled. Determined to raise cash for some Barbie Sunday dresses, the duo takes on a new hit job targeting a mysterious loner (James Gandolfini) who leads them into an unexpected odyssey of self-examination and catapults the junior enforcers into a world beyond Barbie Sunday and bullets for pay. From Academy Award-winning screenwriter Geoffrey Fletcher (PRECIOUS) comes a mesmerizing hybrid of New York City crime fable and existential coming-of-age drama. In VIOLET & DAISY teenage kicks match wits with adult-world turmoil, placing three wounded souls into a line of fire none expected — themselves.

Yes, you read that correctly, in the traditional all caps of titles, to ensure that Internet users realize that all titles are being screamed at all times. The same guy that brought us Precious is bringing us this, which has to be one of the most enormous tonal shifts ever pulled off between two writing gigs.

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Steven Lloyd Wilson is the sci-fi and history editor. You can email him here or follow him on Twitter.