Chloe on Fire
Chloe Grace Moretz in a Life & Death Drama
From the looks of things, Brain on Fire, based on the memoir by Susannah Cahalan, is a fairly run-of-the-mill teen drama about a young woman suffering from a mysterious illness. She has a boyfriend who loves her, a family who cares for her, and a parade of doctors doing their best to understand her condition. Basically, it looks like a spiffy take on the Lifetime Original Movie, sappy, melodramatic, and heart-wrenching, but with stronger production values and a more notable cast of actors.
However, this particular movie has a secret weapon, in the form of its lead, Chloe Grace Moretz. She got her start as a child actor before hitting it big in Matthew Vaughn‘s provocative and subversive superhero-adjacent action/comedy, 2010’s Kick-Ass. She played Hit-Girl, a ten-year-old assassin with the skills to take down Italian mobsters in a flurry of R-rated sword and gunplay while cursing like a sailor. From there, she became one of the youngest A-list stars on the planet, earning comparisons to the likes of Drew Barrymore and Jodie Foster.
Moretz has starred in movies like Tim Burton‘s big-screen adaptation of the cult TV series, Dark Shadows, the underrated Carrie remake, Antoine Fuqua‘s righteously violent take on The Equalizer, and the Gayle Forman adaptation, If I Stay. She’s proved her astounding versatility and, at only 21 years old, is free to choose which roles she takes, a luxury afforded to few actors even twice her age.
In addition to its charismatic lead, Brain on Fire also boasts a strong supporting cast, including Richard Armitage, Carrie-Anne Moss, Tyler Perry, and Jenny Slate, in a rare dramatic role for the usually hilarious comedienne.
Brain on Fire debuts June 22 on Netflix.