JOHN WICK Review

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Because so many directors are overwhelmingly lazy with how they capture action (i.e. shake the camera around because nothing is as thrilling as nausea), we’ve gained a greater appreciation for filmmakers who can deliver excitement cleanly and clearly.  It’s an art and a science, and John Wick is an exercise at how to succeed at both.  Directors David Leitch and Chad Stahelski show they are masters of efficiency as the kills are stylish and direct.  But technical proficiency doesn’t inherently lead to exhilaration, and while the technical craft of John Wick is undeniable, its half-hearted storytelling is supported not by strong characters or a deep narrative (the impetus for the protagonist would be comical in its simplicity if it wasn’t wholly depressing), but by an interesting world that’s far more intriguing than any of the people who inhabit it.

Keanu Reeves Continues to Kick Ass in New JOHN WICK Trailer and Images

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Lionsgate has released a new John Wick trailer for what’s shaping up to be one of the biggest out-of-nowhere surprises of the year.  Just a month or so ago, I didn’t even know this movie existed.  Then Lionsgate acquired the revenge thriller off of positive buzz and released a fantastic debut trailer that teased a fun, slick, and highly quotable actioner complete with a swell-looking lead performance by Keanu Reeves.  The actor plays a former hitman who comes out of retirement to track down the gangsters who took everything from him, and this new, final trailer offers up another promising look at the film.  Yeah, I’m thinking I’m gonna see this.

Watch the new John Wick trailer after the jump, along with some new images.  Directed by veteran stunt coordinator Chad Stahelski, the film also stars Adrianne PalickiWillem DafoeBridget MoynahanIan McShaneJason IsaacsAlfie AllenLance ReddickJohn Leguizamo, Dean Winters, and Michael Nyqvist.  John Wick opens in theaters on October 24th.

New Trailer for Sci-Fi Horror Film EUROPA REPORT Starring Sharlto Copley, Michael Nyqvist, and Embeth Davidtz

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Magnolia Pictures has released the first trailer for the new sci-fi film Europa Report.  Directed by Sebastian Cordero, the film follows a contemporary mission to Jupiter’s moon Europa to investigate the possible existence of alien life.  Naturally, when the crew lands on the surface and starts digging below the ice, they find themselves in dire circumstances.  The film isn’t exactly found footage, but most of the pic is framed using cameras inside the spacecraft, on the external vehicles, and in documentary-style interviews with the crew members.  The practical effects approach is definitely impressive, and there’s a strong horror undercurrent that looks to be quite effective.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film stars Sharlto Copley, Michael Nyqvist, Christian Camargo, Embeth Davidtz, Dan Fogler, Anamaria Marinca, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Karolina Wydra, and Daniel WuEuropa Report will be available on iTunes on June 27th and hits theaters on August 2nd.

Trailer and Poster for DISCONNECT Starring Jason Bateman, Hope Davis, and Paula Patton

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LD Entertainment has released the trailer and poster for the drama Disconnect.  The film follows three loosely connected stories: one relates to online bullying, another deals with identity theft, and the third is about a reporter trying to save a young man who does sex-cam shows.  I caught the film at TIFF, and thought it was a cheap PSA that wasted the opportunity to show the complexities of online connection in the 21st century.  If you’re still interested in the film, the trailer shows way too much, and takes you deep into the third act.

And if all of that doesn’t bother you, hit the jump to check out the trailer.  The film stars Jason Bateman, Hope Davis, Frank Grillo, Michael Nyqvist, Paula Patton, Andrea Riseborough, Alexander Skarsgard, and Max ThieriotDisconnect opens in limited release on April 12th.

First Trailer for EUROPA REPORT Starring Sharlto Copley and Michael Nyqvist

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Forget Mars; Europa is where all the cool kids are going these days. Thought to possess lakes of liquid water under the Jovian moon’s icy surface, the natural satellite may harbor one of our best chances at discovering life within our own solar system. That theory is at the heart of The Europa Report, a sci-fi picture starring Sharlto Copley (District 9) and Michael Nyqvist (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol) that centers on a research team of six astronauts who explore the titular moon. The first teaser trailer has dropped and it shows glimpses of a space station, the astronauts in question and what, unfortunately, looks like hints of a found footage type pic. No release date or distributor has been set as of yet. Hit the jump to check out the teaser trailer, along with a link to the film’s viral site.

Casting Call: Nick Frost and Chris O’Dowd Dance the CUBAN FURY and Michael Nyqvist Cast in THE SEAGULL

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We have some casting additions for you today.  Here they are at a glance:

  • Nick Frost (Shaun of the Dead) and Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids) will square off in the salsa-dancing revenge comedy, Cuban Fury.
  • Michael Nyqvist (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) has joined the untitled adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s play, The Seagull.

Hit the jump for more on each project.

TV Casting: Michael Nyqvist Gets Evil in ZERO HOUR, Brad Garrett Joins Comedy PARENTS, and Zach Gilford Heads to Medical Drama

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We’ve got a trio of TV casting stories to share with you this evening. First up, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (the Swedish one) star Michael Nyqvist has landed the villain role in ABC’s drama pilot Zero Hour. The show comes from Prison Break scribe Paul Scheuring and centers on a skeptics magazine editor who is pulled into “one of the most compelling conspiracies in human history.” ER vet Anthony Edwards is set to play the magazine editor, and THR reports that Nyqvist will play one of the villains at the heart of a global conspiracy. He’s a mercenary who shares a special connection to the show’s protagonist.

Nyqvist has already done the “foreign star takes on American villain role” bit in Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, but Zero Hour will make his US television series debut. I’m a big fan of Edwards and the premise sounds interesting enough, so it’s safe to say I’m sold on checking out the pilot should ABC pick the show up to series. Hit the jump for casting news concerning Everybody Loves Raymond star Brad Garrett and Friday Night Lights alum Zach Gilford.

17 New Images and 5 Set Photos from MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – GHOST PROTOCOL

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Paramount has released 17 new images and 5 set photos from Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol.  The images show off spy-thriller shenanigans and director Brad Bird directing up a storm of spy-thriller shenanigans.  And as you can see from the image above, Tom Cruise is probably contemplating if it’s unreasonable to demand full bars if you’re in a cloud of debris.

Hit the jump to check out the images.  The film also stars Jeremy Renner, Paula Patton, Simon Pegg, Josh Holloway, Michael Nyqvist, Lea Seydoux, and Tom Wilkinson. Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol opens in IMAX on December 16th and goes wide on December 21st.  If you see it in 70mm IMAX, you’ll also get see the prologue for The Dark Knight Rises.

New Trailer for MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – GHOST PROTOCOL; Plus Reaction to IMAX Footage

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A new trailer for Brad Bird’s Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol has been released. The fourth installment in the espionage franchise finds Ethan Hunt and his new team going undercover to clear their organization’s name. If you missed the featurette we posted earlier showcasing Tom Cruise hanging off the tallest building in the world, click here to check it out.

Hit the jump to watch the new trailer. The film also stars Jeremy Renner, Paula Patton, Simon Pegg, Josh Holloway, Michael Nyqvist, and Tom Wilkinson. Previews for Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol begin in select IMAX and conventional theaters on December 16th, with the film opening wide on December 21st.

Alexander Skarsgard, Michael Nyqvist, Frank Grillo and Colin Ford Join Internet Morality Tale DISCONNECT

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A quartet of actors have signed on for Henry Alex Rubin’s indie internet-centered drama Disconnect. Variety reports that Alexander Skarsgard (Battleship), Michael Nyqvist (the Swedish Girl With the Dragon Tattoo), Frank Grillo (Warrior) and Colin Ford (We Bought a Zoo) are all attached to star in the flick, with Andrea Riseborough (Never Let Me Go) circling one of the lead roles. Rubin, who’s best known for directing the documentary Murderball, is making his feature directorial debut with the ensemble drama that centers on how the Internet and modern communication impacts, and sometimes ruins, the lives of its characters. Hit the jump for a rundown of how the evil internet influences each character.

First Image and Official Synopsis for ABDUCTION Starring Taylor Lautner

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Since breaking out in a big way with the Twilight films, Taylor Lautner has been extremely busy on a litany of projects.  Today, straight from the American Film Market (AFM), we bring you the first image and an official synopsis of Lautner’s upcoming film Abudction, directed by John Singleton (Boys n the Hood).  The film is a thriller which centers around a young man who sets out to uncover the truth after finding a baby photo of himself listed on a missing persons website.   When we spoke to Lautner earlier this year, he spoke briefly about this project, but the synopsis here elaborates much more. Since previously telling you that Sigourney Weaver had joined the project, quite a few more impressive names have joined the cast. They include Lily Collins (pictured with Lautner), Danny Glover, Alfred Molina, Michael Nyqvist, Maria Bello, and Jason Isaacs.

This project actually sounds pretty interesting, and the talented John Singleton has rounded up a fine cast.  This seems like a smart move on Lautner’s part.  He’s able to take roles in the larger projects like Stretch Armstrong, but choosing to do a more dramatic film like this one shows that he’s not all about  the paycheck/flashy roles. Check out the image in high resolution and official synopsis after the jump. Abduction is set to hit theaters sometime in 2011.

UPDATE: We’ve been asked by the studio to remove the images. Sorry if you missed them.

Rumor: Michael Nyqvist to Play Villain in 4th MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE

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Michael Nyqvist (the Swedish version of Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) is rumored to be in talks to play the villain in Brad Bird’s upcoming untitled Mission: Impossible reboot.  According to What’s Playing, the character is “very charming, but calculating bad guy. Not your typical spy-film villain.”  Whoever gets the gig will have a tough act to follow since Philip Seymour Hoffman did an outstanding job as the villain in Mission: Impossible III.

Tom Cruise is returning as IMF agent Ethan Hunt and will be teaming with newcomer Jeremy Renner who’s character may get the reins to the franchise after this new mission.  Other new faces include Paula Patton (Precious) and Vladimir Mashkov (Behind Enemy Lines).  Ving Rhames and Simon Pegg are reprising their roles as Luther Stickell and Benji Dunn, respectively.  What’s Playing adds that the production is looking for another name star to play Hunt’s boss, following in the footsteps of Jon Voight, Anthony Hopkins, and Lawrence Fishburne.  Shooting begins in Decemeber with the film targeted for a December 16, 2011 release date.

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