Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten
Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten (2007)

Filmmaker Julien Temple takes a look beyond the guise of the late, anti-establishment icon Joe Strummer to offer a warm portrait of the self-described "mouthy little git" who was born John Mellor and was destined to become the… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: November 2, 2007
DVD Release Date: July 8, 2008
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Displaying Joe Strummer warts and all, The Future is Unwritten succeeds as both an engrossing documentary and a comprehensive examination of one of music's most legendary figures.

Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

Julien Temple's film is an energizing work of art, a visually striking and inspiring look at a band that never 'sold out' and the leader who saw to it that they didn't.

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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

Temple, who chronicled the Sex Pistols...offers the full, sometimes bloated, context of Strummer's life through the testimony of his many friends and collaborators.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Lively doc on the late Brit punk rocker guitarist for the Clash.

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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly

The big unanswerable question is: Do we wish Strummer would have listened to David Lee Roth's advice that "You don't have to take life so seriously, honey"?

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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times

A beautiful, evocative collage composed of concert footage, photographs, interviews and film clips, as well as interviews with people who knew him, the film is a rigorously thorough biography and an impassioned accolade.

Emily Blunt
Blunt Review

This offers Strummer fans unlimited access to the man behind the legend. Though it really is for fans - who should run and buy it.

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star

Miracle of miracles, a valuable portrait of Strummer manages to emerge from the chaos, helped by the film's one consistent thread: tapes of a BBC World Service radio show he hosted in his final years.

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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture

Temple has plenty of cinematic tricks and willing interview subjects.

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Jim Slotek
Jam! Movies

[Director Julien Temple] stops short of hagiography, while exhaustively positing Strummer as one of the most important cultural figures of the 20th century.

Flixster Audience Score: 87% Flixster User Reviews
Michael Gildea
For as much as I love Joe Strummer, for as much as I love The Clash and for as informative as I found Joe Strummer: The Future is Unwritten, this documentary… More
Stefanie C
the clash is the music of my youth. with that said, i have seen most clash films and have all the band's music through the years. This is the best… More
Daniel Perry
Unflinching documentary of one of the most important figures in the history of popular music. I found it a little hard to watch for a borderline obsessive Clash… More
Stella Dallas
he tried to change the world and not become a commodity. a great time for fans of the only band that mattered. i just don't understand why there's a… More
Stephen M
The only fault I can find with <I>The Future Is Unwritten</I> is that some of Julien Temple's celebrity interviewees are not particularly… More
Lesley N
I'd have to watch it again to remember why I didn't like it.