Ryûhei Kitamura‘s No One Lives is trying so hard to be cool, it hurts. It is a complete and utter wreck of a screenplay that sounds like it was written by an idiotic 16-year-old boy. The acting is abysmal, and only made worse by the fact that there are real actors put side-by-side with amateur ones. Kitamura’s earlier film, Versus, wasn’t a great, but it at least showed some kinetic energy. However, that kind of slick movement, or any personality beyond a generic slasher, is completely absent from his new movie. All it has to offer is gruesome kills, and not even particularly inventive ones at that. But hey, the protagonist is a violent psychopath in a black trench coat, so I guess that means this movie has a personality. It’s just a personality no one wants to be around.
We’ve got a smattering of casting news to throw your way this morning. First up, Stellan Skarsgard and Hiroyuki Sanada (the upcoming action flick 47 Ronin) have joined the Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman, and Jeremy Irvine (War Horse) in Jonathan Teplitzy‘s drama The Railway Man. Firth plays real-life World War II British officer Eric Lomax, who was captured and tortured by the Japanese. Decades later, he’s persuaded by his wife (Kidman) to find and confront one of his captors in order to repair the psychological damage. Irvine plays the younger Lomax who was in the war. According to Variety, “Skarsgard will play the best friend who accompanies the older Lomax (Firth) back to the scene of his torture. Sanada plays a Japanese officer from the prison camp whom Lomax tracks down.” This is turning out to be a terrific cast, and judging by the synopsis, this could be a big role for Sanada, whose previous credits include Speed Racer, Sunshine, and Lost.
Hit the jump for more casting news on the indie flicks Jobs, Kilimanjaro, and You Are Here.