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To watch "Battle of the Damned" is like rotting in hell with zombies, killer robots, obtuse-damned survivors and an overdose of innate absurdity that is prevalent in the film.
The film begins with a 15-minute prologue that seems to be detached from the film. It is revealed that Army Major Max Gatling (Dolph Lundgren) is dispatched by a desperate rich and influential man, head of a biotech company, to rescue his daughter Jude (Melanie Zanetti) from a zombie-infested city.
No sooner has Jude's father delivered the necessary. »
- Anita Agarwal
Save for his appearances in The Expendables series, Dolph Lundgren’s career has been straight-to-video since the 90s, and it’s too bad. The man can act well enough for an action star when he gets the chance, but his age has started to show to the point where it hinders his credibility as an action star in movies like his latest effort, Battle of the Damned. Our first glimpses of him as a goofily armored mercenary see him running along weakly and besides for a few beats here and there, we never get a moment in the film that makes good use of his physicality. Maybe that’s more a fault of the film’s writing and editing, but it also speaks to a sad truth that even action stars get old. On the plus side, at least Dolph has managed to find a zombie flick that’s better »
- Lex Walker
(Cbr) Sony Pictures and Escape Artists appear to be closing in on a director for their long-developing reboot of "Masters of the Universe". TheWrap reports the studio has narrowed the list of potential replacements for Jon M. Chu to just three candidates: Harald Zwart ("The Karate Kid", "Mortal Instruments: City of Bones"), Chris McKay ("The Lego Movie" editor) and Mike Cahill ("Another Earth"). In development since at least 2003, the film is of course based on the popular Mattel toy line that’s served as a springboard for animated television series, comic books and the 1987 big-screen Dolph Lundgren vehicle. Terry Rossio ("Pirates of the Caribbean", "The Lone Ranger") wrote the most recent script. »
- TJ Dietsch, Comic Book Resources
Sony Pictures' Masters of the Universe has lined up a new list of directors.
The reboot of the Mattel adaptation is once again gathering pace, according to The Wrap and Variety's Justin Kroll.
Among the listed contenders are Mike Cahill (Another Earth), Jeff Wadlow (Kick-Ass 2), Chris McKay (The Lego Movie editor, Robot Chicken) and Harald Zwart (The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, the Karate Kid reboot).
GI Joe: Retaliation's Jon M Chu had signed up for the project before abandoning it last year.
A host of other directors have previously been rumoured for the film, including Joe Cornish, Rian Johnson, Andy Muschietti, Kirk DeMicco and Chris Sanders (The Croods), and Phil Lord and Chris Miller (The Lego Movie).
To my recollection Jon M. Chu (G.I. Joe: Retaliation) was the last name attached to direct Masters of the Universe for Columbia Pictures. I'm not sure when exactly he dropped out of the picture, but the studio is looking around once again as Terry Rossio (Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl) has finished a new draft of the screenplay. The names apparently in contention include Mike Cahill (Another Earth, I Origins), Chris McKay ("Robot Chicken"), Harald Zwart (The Karate Kid) and Jeff Wadlow (Kick Ass 2). Masters of the Universe began in the 1980s as a toy line at Mattel. It would eventually spawn comics, a cartoon series and a live-action movie in 1987 starring Dolph Lundgren. The generic narrative centers on He-Man, a prince who turns into a mythic superhero and battles the forces of evil led by Skeletor. Looking at the list of names above, none »
- Brad Brevet
Despite a risibly poor first attempt with Dolph Lundgren and a lot of aborted efforts in the late aughts, Sony Pictures hasn’t given up on trying to bring their He-Man movie “Masters of the Universe” back to the big screen. After all, imagine all those franchise possibilities if it hits, since aside from “Spider-Man,” Sony is currently the studio sorely lacking in franchises. A recent attempt almost happened with Jon M. Chu, the director of “G.I. Joe: Retaliation,” but he bailed last year. Terry Rossio ("The Lone Ranger" and every "Pirates of the Caribbean" movie) has penned the most recent version of the script and is eager to bring this franchise back to life, and Sony has apparently narrowed down the field for replacement directors. The Wrap and Variety’s Justin Kroll both revealed some shortlist names this evening and they range from the predictable to the, wtf? While »
- Rodrigo Perez
Variety reporter Justin Kroll revealed on his Twitter account today that filmmakers Mike Cahill (Another Earth) and Jeff Wadlow (Kick-Ass 2) are on the short list to direct Masters of the Universe for Universal Pictures, with a final decision said to come as early as next week.
— Justin Kroll (@krolljvar) February 26, 2014
No decisions on that but one should be coming in the next week #stopteasingyourscoops
— Justin Kroll (@krolljvar) February 26, 2014
Another report from The Wrap adds that Chris McKay, who served as the editor of The Lego Movie, and Harald Zwart (The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones) are also in contention for the directing gig. Despite never having directed a feature, Chris McKay is said to have the most momentum at this time.
With the release of the eagerly anticipated sequel The Raid 2: Berandal just around the corner, Screen Gems and Xyz have decided to cash in on the success of Welsh filmmaker Gareth Evans' hard-hitting Indonesian action hit with a Hollywood remake.
According to The Wrap, Patrick Hughes - director of the excellent Aussie western Red Hill and the upcoming action sequel The Expendables 3 - has signed to helm the remake of The Raid, with Brad Inglesby (Out of the Furnace) scripting and Gareth Evans remaining involved as producer.
It's said that the remake will follow a similar plotline as the original (a S.W.A.T. team storms a heavily fortified tower block, while a young rookie attempts to rescue his drug-dealing brother), "though it may be difficult for Hollywood stars to perform the brutal hand-to-hand fight scenes and other stunts with the same intensity as the original film’s martial arts experts. »
- Gary Collinson
The Expendables and The Expendables 2 star Dolph Lundgren is back in action with Anchor Bay's apocalyptic thriller Battle of the Damned, which debuted on Blu-ray and DVD earlier this week. The actor portrays Max Gatling, a former soldier who is hired by an affluent businessman to rescue his daughter from a quarantined zone, after a deadly virus is released in a major city. We have a giveaway lined up where fans can take home Blu-ray copies of this action-thriller, directed by Christopher Hatton (Cyber Wars). Take a look at how you can add Battle of the Damned to your collection.
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Director/writer: Christopher Hatton. Cast: Dolph Lundgren, Melanie Zanetti, Matt Doran, David Field and Jen Sung. Battle of the Damned is an indie actioner from Bleiberg Entertainment. This viewer knows Bleiberg more from its acquisition and sales in film. However, this company's action production arm, Compound B, has brought together a memorable outing in their latest collabortion. A throwback to action films of the late '80s and early '90s, Battle of the Damned places actor Dolph Lundgren as Max Gatling in the middle of an environmental disaster. This title focuses on violent action and a few characters, with the film delivering some light entertainment. Battle of the Damned is an indie action film of note and fans of strong heroes with few lines will enjoy this straight-to-video outing. It is all about the rescue. The central character Max is tasked with infiltrating a walled off city, in Thailand. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Allen)
20th Century Fox
Monuments Men. Is it New, Gentler Hollywood’s answer to The Dirty Dozen? Sadly, yes. Throughout film history, ticket buyers have demanded that their men be tough, strong, and human (except for the eighties but everyone was on cocaine back then, so we press on). Today Hollywood has determined that we want more. We still crave/need action heroes, just not recycled old ones. And in order to bring in the women, George Clooney, Brad Pitt and/or Matt Damon should ideally be involved.
Hey Hollywood, we need a new Dirty Dozen. You remember? That 1967 ensemble war movie notable that pretty much created the 70′s action genre with Average Scrawny, Tough Guy-type protagonists, such as Dirty Harry, Travis Bickle, Burt Reynolds and gave new life to a war genre diluted by hippie love and The Beatles.
Your dad will tell you that the original Dirty Dozen were criminals first, »
- jay royston
Tom Jolliffe on the must-see straight-to-video action films of 2014...
If you’re a little fed up of the never ending stream of remakes, kid friendly PG13 (12A or 15 here) CGI heavy theatrics and Marvel/DC action films that fill up the multiplexes, or you’re no stranger to the unrepentant, simple delights of a bit of straight to video (or Netflix) action, then here is a list of the best to look out for this year.
As big screen action caters more and more for younger audiences, straight to video still largely offers a bit more adult entertainment. What it might lack in big budget thrills it makes up for with F-bombs and gallons of blood (if that’s your thing). As for myself, alongside a steady upbringing of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sly Stallone and Bruce Willis in the late 80’s and 90’s, I’ve also had more than my share »
- Gary Collinson
Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week
What's It About? Rachel (Kathryn Hahn) is a frustrated stay-at-home who's enjoying a naughty night out at the strip club with her husband (Josh Radnor). After Rachel gets a lap dance from the beautiful young McKenna (Juno Temple), she becomes fascinated with McKenna and tries to forge a friendship. Rachel invites McKenna to live with her and her husband and act as a live-in babysitter for their young son. What starts as an afternoon delight becomes much more complicated.
Why We're In: Hahn is usually very, very funny, but here she's given the chance to show off her dramatic, dysfunctional chops. Plus, it's by writer/director Jill Soloway, who worked on "United States of Tara" and "Six Feet Under."
Moviefone's Top Blu-ray of the Week
"Fantastic Mr. Fox" (Criterion)
- Jenni Miller
It's been a while since we've seen or heard anything about the testosterone-filled action sequel The Expendables 3, but thanks to Manly Movie we've got a few new photos from the set of the film featuring Mel Gibson's bad guy Conrad Stonebanks and Sylvester Stallone's Barney Ross...
In The Expendables 3, Barney, Christmas and the rest of the team comes face-to-face with Conrad Stonebanks, who years ago co-founded The Expendables with Barney. Stonebanks subsequently became a ruthless arms trader and someone who Barney was forced to kill… or so he thought. Stonebanks, who eluded death once before, now is making it his mission to end The Expendables -- but Barney has other plans. Barney decides that he has to fight old blood with new blood, and brings in a new era of Expendables team members, recruiting individuals who are younger, faster and more tech-savvy. The latest mission becomes »
- Gary Collinson
88 Films are a company that release some real oddities when it comes to movies, and most of them come from Charles Band’s Full Moon company. Doctor Mordrid is one of these, and hiding away in the nineties section of direct to video releases is very reminiscent to a certain Marvel character known as Dr. Strange. With a little research it comes as no surprise that Albert Band (who directed this along with Charles) once held the option to make a live action Dr. Strange movie, but when this ran out…the characters and movie were altered and yes, you guessed it we were left with Doctor Mordrid.
The fact that this could have been a Marvel live action movie from the nineties in many ways raises alarm bells, »
- Paul Metcalf
Anchor Bay Films presents Battle of the Damned, where you can pick your apocalypse – germ warfare, zombie assaults, and/or deadly robots!! With unrelenting action and unyielding suspense, Battle of the Damned commences February 18, 2014, on Blu-ray and DVD.
“Zombies. Killer Robots. Nice town you got here.”
When a deadly virus is accidentally released into a major city, its population is quarantined by military blockade. And for a wealthy industrialist desperate to rescue his daughter from inside the rabid chaos, his only hope is former commando Max Gatling (Lundgren). Now Gatling has one day to bust in, blast through hordes of the undead, find the girl, and hunt for a way to get them both out alive. »
- Uncle Creepy
Anchor Bay Entertainment recently picked up Battle of the Damned, a new movie with zombies, killer robots, and Dolph Lundgren. There’s only a week to go until it’s released and we’ve been given a look at two more clips from the upcoming movies:
““Zombies. Killer Robots. Nice town you got here.” Anchor Bay Films presents Battle of the Damned, where you can pick your apocalypse – germ warfare, zombie assaults, and/or deadly robots!! With unrelenting action and unyielding suspense, Battle of the Damned commences February 18, 2014 on Blu-ray™ and DVD, with an Srp of $29.99 for the Blu-ray™ and $24.98 for the DVD.
When a deadly virus is accidentally released into a major city, its population is quarantined by military blockade. And for a wealthy industrialist desperate to rescue his daughter from inside the rabid chaos, his only hope is former commando Max Gatling (Lundgren). Now Gatling has one day to bust in, »
- Jonathan James
Here’s the plot of Mena courtesy of Deadline:
The spec is a fact-based tale about Barry Seal, a portly pilot who, in the 1980s, was a 300-pound gun runner, and drug trafficker who transported contraband for the CIA and the Medellin cartel. He was eventually shot to death by the latter in Baton Rouge. The title refers to Mena, Arkansas, where a lot of the illegal activity took place, under the noses of Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and then-Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton.
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- Philip Sticco
“Zombies. Killer Robots. Nice town you got here.” Dolph Lundgren saves the world from zombies with the help of a few robots in “Battle of the Damned” from writer/director Christopher Hatton. The film doesn’t officially arrive on DVD and Blu-ray until February 18, 2014 from Anchor Bay Entertainment, but you can win two free Blu-ray copies now. Head on below for the details. About “Battle of the Damned”: When a deadly virus is accidentally released into a major city, its population is quarantined by military blockade. And for a wealthy industrialist desperate to rescue his daughter from inside the rabid chaos, his only hope is former commando Max Gatling (Lundgren). Now Gatling has one day to bust in, blast through hordes of the undead, find the girl, and hunt for a way to get them both out alive. But will a small band of survivors and an army of »
While the disappointing box office of Ron Howard's underrated "Rush" caused a shakeup at production house Exclusive Media, that doesn't mean no one is banking on the director. And Universal has stepped up, putting down $1 million on a spec script by Gary Spinelli (whose only credit is the Dolph Lundgren starring "Stash House") for Howard to helm. "Mena" will tell the true story of "Barry Seal, a portly pilot who, in the 1980s, was a 300-pound gun runner, and drug trafficker who transported contraband for the CIA and the Medellin cartel. He was eventually shot to death by the latter in Baton Rouge." Sounds like great material, and another fascinating direction for Howard who seems like he's quietly trying to push himself as a filmmaker with his latest choices. No word on when this roll, but it seems pretty early on in development stages. Here's a vintage report from »
- Kevin Jagernauth
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