Universal has released the first trailer for the thriller Safe House starring Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds. The story centers on a young CIA agent (Reynolds) who must team up with the dangerous criminal in order to survive when their safe house is destroyed by mercenaries. The trailer goes heavy on the action, but it looks like director Daniel Espinosa (Snabba Cash) has done a great job. But the biggest hook is the dynamic between Washington and Reynolds. Few actors have as much fun playing the bad guy as Washington and he clearly relishes flipping between charm and malevolence on a dime. My only complaint with the trailer is that it shows a little too much, but overall I like what I’m seeing.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer and the larger version of the poster and image released yesterday, plus two new images. The film also stars Brendan Gleeson, Sam Shepard, Vera Farmiga, Fares Fares, Robert Patrick, Nora Arnezeder, Liam Cunningham, Joel Kinnaman, and Ruben Blades. Safe House opens February 10, 2012.
Michael Fassbender is becoming ubiquitous so thank goodness he’s an incredible actor. Last month, Fassbender signed on to star in Good Vibrations, which is a biopic about Belfast punk rock legend Terri Hooley. Today, ScreenDaily is reporting that Richard Dormer (Five Minutes of Heaven) will play Hooley while Steve Coogan, Bronagh Gallagher (Tamara Drewe) and Robert Sheehan will co-star. You’re probably aware of Coogan at this point, but you need to put Sheehan on your radar. He’s a strong dramatic presence in the Red Riding Trilogy but does a complete 180 to play the scene-stealing jackass Nathan on the British series Misfits. There was word last month that Fassbender’s Hunger co-star Liam Cunningham would also be in the film, but ScreenDaily makes no mention of him.
The film also has a strong presence behind the camera as Glenn Leyburn and Lisa Barros D’Sa (Cherrybomb, which also starred Sheehan as well as Rupert Grint) are directing from a script by Glenn Patterson and Colin Carberry. Ocean’s Eleven composer David Holmes will produce and provide the score. Filming is set to begin this summer.
Any movie with Denzel Washington, Ryan Reynolds and singer/actor Rubén Blades already has a top notch cast — which makes this news all the sweeter. The Wrap is reporting that four more actors will join CIA thriller Safe House: Brendan Gleeson (the Harry Potter movies), Robert Patrick (The Unit), Liam Cunningham (Clash of the Titans) and Sam Shepard (Fair Game).
Directed by Daniel Espinosa (Easy Money) and penned by new screenwriter David Guggenheim, the movie is about a CIA Agent (Reynolds) whose top secret safe house is attacked by assassins, leaving him to safely transport a criminal (Washington) to Washington. Scott Stuber is producing through his Universal-based Stuber Pictures and Trevor Macy is executive producing through Intrepid Pictures. Safe House will be released February 10, 2012.
If you don’t know who Brendan Gleeson is, then you’re missing out. You may be a perfectly nice person and I’m not asking you to know every actor, but John Michael McDonagh’s The Guard is yet more proof that it’s time for Gleeson to become a guy you recognize based off name alone. Not “Mad-Eye Moody”. Not “Colin Farrell’s friend in In Bruges.” Not “the kind father in 28 Days Later.” Not “One of the bad guys in Troy.” (Although that last one is simply because no one should use Troy as a frame of reference for anything). People need to know that Gleeson is one of the finest actors today and if they go see The Guard, they’ll understand why. The plot relies a little too heavily on coincidence, but it’s a fun flick filled with sharp dialogue, an aggressive style, and yet another phenomenal performance from Gleeson.
The Tournament comes out of the gates guns blazing/blood splattering and for 90 minutes keeps that momentum going. It is one of those rare straight-to-DVD action films that avoids looking super low budget and lame, features a cast of pretty well-known actors and a contains a heaping helping of blood, bullets, as well as some awesome stunts. But is there some higher meaning to the film or any redeeming qualities outside of mindless violence?
Find out in my Blu-ray review, after the jump.
Two of the biggest movies of the upcoming holiday season, Sci-fi actioner Tron: Legacy, and the Ben Stiller/Robert De Niro comedy, Little Fockers have released new posters. In addition, Magnolia Pictures has tapped renowned British comic artist Simon Bisley to create a new poster for Neil Marshall’s latest thriller, Centurion, featuring the film’s main characters played by Michael Fassbender and Olga Kurylenko. Hit the jump for more:
Director Louis Leterrier’s remake of the campy 1981 film Clash of the Titans pays homage to its predecessor in that you have to mock both films in order to keep them interesting. Even if you can somehow get past the forgettable characters, the dull action sequences, and the sloppy pacing, you still have to confront a central conflict that makes absolutely no sense. And may the gods help you if you pay to see it in 3D. By the end of Clash of the Titans you’ll be begging for the simple charm of Ray Harryhausen’s stop-motion creatures and Harry Hamlin’s dumbfounded facial expression.