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Joe Carnahan’s Stretch has not enjoyed the easiest route to the screen since it was completed earlier this year. Originally shot for a low $5 million thanks to the involvement of the Blumhouse team, the director’s latest effort was removed from the theatrical distribution list by Universal and is premiering via digital download. That is something of a shame, because it looks like Carnahan has cooked up a gonzo treat. Patrick Wilson stars as limo driver Kevin, a man seriously down on his luck. His girlfriend is cheating on him and decides to end their relationship in the middle of sex, he’s sick of the entitled, annoying celebrities and business types he shuttles around and, oh yes, he’s $6,000 in the hole thanks to a gambling problem. The problem being that he always loses.So he’s desperate for a high-paying gig, and when he’s informed that »
Joe Carnahan’s best received movies tend to be his most somber; see 2012′s The Grey as well as 2002′s Narc, his sophomore effort and his most highly praised to date. Funny enough, both films represent a minority in his output, which is largely defined by shamelessly unhinged action operas in a similar vein to the works of genre auteurs like Quentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez, and Guy Ritchie. Put another way, somber tone poems might be Carnahan’s strong suit, but wacky shoot-’em-ups are his bread and butter.
His latest film, Stretch, is very clearly the latter kind of film; it’s littered with a troupe of weirdo characters, ...
- Andy Crump
The film centres around a down-and-out limo driver (Wilson) whose confidante (Alba) puts him in touch with a reclusive and eccentric billionaire (Pine).
One night's work will be enough to pay off his gambling debts, but the driver does not anticipate the chaos that it will entail.
Stretch will be released on Amazon and iTunes on October 7 and on VOD October 14. »
The first full trailer has been unveiled for Joe Carnahan’s Stretch, in which Patrick Wilson’s limo driver needs $6,000 by midnight in order to pay off some pressing gambling debts. With a threat having been made against his life, Wilson takes on a gig with an unpredictable billionaire, who is known for tipping thousands of dollars at a time. However, said billionaire also has some pretty out there requirements, and it isn’t long before Wilson is wondering what exactly he has let himself in for. Take a look at the new trailer, below… ...
- George Wales
All we've seen of Joe Carnahan's Stretch so far is some brief, but impressive, clips. Now we have the full trailer for the insane action comedy, and it is clear to see Carnahan, and everybody involved, including Patrick Wilson, Chris Pine, Ed Helms, David Hasselhoff, and Jessica Alba, is having a shed loads of fun with the story of a limo driver (Wilson) who finds his life spiralling out of control over the course of one night. In America, Stretch hits Amazon and iTunes on October 7th and VOD on October 14th. No word on release this side of the pond yet. Let's hope it doesn't take too long to reach our shores. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
Ahead of its VOD release next month, Universal Pictures has debuted the first trailer from Stretch, the latest film from director Joe Carnahan (Smokin’ Aces, The Grey), which stars Patrick Wilson (The Conjuring) as a “down-on-his-luck chauffeur looking to relieve his debt by driving around a mysterious billionaire who drags him to hell and back.”
Also featuring in the cast are Chris Pine (Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit), Ed Helms (The Hangover), Ray Liotta (Goodfellas), Norman Reedus (The Walking Dead), Brooklyn Dekker (Battleship), and Jessica Alba (Sin City: A Dame to Kill For).
Stretch is out in the States from October 7th.
- Gary Collinson
Today we have the official trailer for the upcoming "Stretch" comedy thriller, starring Chris Pine, Patrick Wilson, Jessica Alba, Brooklyn Decker, Ray Liotta, Randy Couture, James Badge Dale, Ed Helms and David Hasselhoff. Check it out below. Plot: The story focuses on a down-on-his-luck limo driver named Stretch (Wilson) who discovered he only has one shift left to pay off a big debt to a bookie. When the chauffeur picks up a reclusive billionaire (Pine) with some deviant appetites, Stretch vows to fulfill his every request, no matter how weird, to score the big tip that could settle his score. As the night grows stranger and Stretch is pushed into some dangerous encounters, he worries that the freak in his back seat might just be his final fare. The new movie is directed by Joe Carnahan (The Grey), who shot the film for under $5 million. It will likely not get a theatrical release. »
I get the impression Joe Carnahan's Stretch is going to be closer to Smokin' Aces than to Narc, which is alright with me, though I would love to see him deliver another gritty little feature like Narc. Today, following a flurry of clips, pictures, a gag reel and more clips, the first trailer for the upcoming release has arrived for your judgment. Universal is going an interesting route with this one after pulling it from the release schedule earlier this year. Now the plan is to premiere it on iTunes and Amazon.com on October 7 followed by an On Demand release on October 14. Based on this it sounds like it won't be hitting theaters at all. Too bad. Stretch is described as an action comedy/thriller centering on a down-on-his-luck chauffeur (Patrick Wilson) looking to relieve himself of some debt when he starts working for a billionaire (Chris Pine) who makes his life hell. »
- Brad Brevet
"All this weirdness that I got sucked into tonight woke me up."
This month we've been treated to several photos and film clips from director Joe Carnahan's crazy cool-looking movie, Stretch. If you enjoyed Smokin' Aces, then you're going to love what this film has to offer because it looks like it might just be even more insane.
Patrick Wilson stars in the film as "a down-on-his-luck chauffeur looking to relieve his debt by driving around a mysterious billionaire who drags him to hell and back."
I love the over-the-top absurdity that I'm seeing in this movie. This thing is going to be a fast-paced roller coaster ride of greatness. The movie also co-stars Norman Reedus, Jessica Alba, Chris Pine, Brooklyn Decker, Ed Helms, Ray Liotta, Mindy Robinson, Randy Couture, and David Hasselhoff.
Stretch hits theaters and VOD on October 7th. Thanks to EW for the trailer.
- Joey Paur
Originally slated to open in theaters this past spring, Joe Carnahan's "Stretch" was removed from the release calendar by Universal, who were perhaps gunshy about the commercial prospects of a wacky, R-rated comedy, even one with a decent number of familiar faces. Well, now it's going to VOD and the first trailer has arrived. However, if you've been paying attention, there has already been an insane amount of clips, deleted scenes and more online, and so if you've already made your opinion based as such, this promo won't change your mind. And really, it puts all the cards on the table, with Patrick Wilson playing a put upon limo driver who has pay off his $6000 gambling debt, and does so by spending one night as the wheelman for one of his worst clients ever. And it's an evening he won't soon forget. Basically, this film should contain no shortage of zany, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Just two weeks after a gag reel surfaced, the first trailer has finally arrived for Stretch, the latest offering from director Joe Carnahan (The A-Team, The Grey). Patrick Wilson stars as a downtrodden man taking on a job as a limo driver to earn some extra money, where he picks up an eccentric millionaire (Chris Pine), who puts him through hell and back.
In addition, we also have the first clip that shows Patrick Wilson interacting with David Hasselhoff, playing himself, who isn't too pleased about the chauffeur being an hour late. Check out the latest footage, then read on for more information.
Back in January, Universal Pictures pulled the plug on Stretch, just before it was set for release on March 21. The studio claimed they didn't want to spend between $20 million and $40 million to promote the movie, which only cost $5 million to make. Our report from last week revealed »
Joe Carnahan’s Stretch has been dealt blow after blow during its post-production. The gritty low-budget offering from the director of The Grey and The A-Team staggered about in limbo after Universal pulled it from its allotted March release. And took away its $40 million marketing budget. Following an extensive recut by Carnahan, the studio now looks set to deliver the fun caper this October and today, they have planted the first trailer online.
Following “a down-on-his-luck chauffeur looking to relieve his debt by driving around a mysterious billionaire who drags him to hell and back,” Carnahan’s tale distinctly places it in the realms of his earlier works. Except this time it doesn’t venture to the dark, sombre recesses of humanity (Narc), but instead presents like a darker, funnier, edgier version of Driving Miss Daisy. You might expect bonkers behaviour, and you’ll be pleased to hear there’s »
- Gem Seddon
The story of Stretch, a colorful thriller from director Joe Carnahan (The Grey) has turned into quite a saga. Carnahan shot the $5m film last year, with Patrick Wilson as a limo driver who is in serious financial trouble, and appearances from James Badge Dale, Chris Pine, Ed Helms, Jessica Alba, and Norman Reedus. Universal […]
- Russ Fischer
Since director Joe Carnahan decided to take the marketing into this own hands, we’ve already seen a number of clips, images, and even a gag reel from his new film Stretch. However, the first official Stretch trailer has now been released online, giving us a better handle on the plot for this colorful, insane-looking action comedy. The story revolves around a down-on-his-luck chauffeur (Patrick Wilson) who attempts to relieve his debt by driving around a mysterious, eccentric billionaire (James Badge Dale). As we can see from this trailer, he comes across a number of unusual characters during his service, and things appear to get weirder and weirder as the night wears on. I loved the introspective nature of Carnahan’s The Grey, but it’s nice to see that he’s still able to have fun with things like this and The Blacklist, and Stretch certainly appears to be a very wild ride indeed. »
- Adam Chitwood
"All this weirdness that I got sucked into tonight woke me up." Where have you been hiding? Universal has finally debuted the first trailer for Joe Carnahan's Stretch, not to be confused with the Stretch Armstrong movie, this is about a depressed chauffeur (played by Patrick Wilson) who ends up driving an eccentric billionaire around in a stretch limo to make some extra money. As expected with a Carnahan movie, this is packed with as much absurdity as one can imagine, going all over the place over the course of one night. Looks like fun. And it looks much better than Cronenberg's Cosmopolis. The door is open, so take the ride. Here's the first official trailer for Joe Carnahan's Stretch, debuted originally from EW.com: Stretch logline: A chauffeur takes a job for a billionaire who makes his life hell. Wilson gets to drive James Badge Dale around all night. »
- Alex Billington
Joe Carnahan's Stretch is finally going to see the light of day at the beginning of October thanks to iTunes, Amazon, and other On Demand outlets. Despite a grasroots campaign online to have the wacky film released wide, it looks like a limited run is all the movie is going to get. And from the looks of this full trailer, that may be the best avenue for it. Stretch, as seen in this new full trailer courtesy of Entertainment Weekly doesn't look like the same epic type of »
- Alex Maidy
There are two species of Joe Carnahan movie: Pensive monochrome thrillers like Narc and The Grey, and rollicking color-blasted thrillers like Smokin’ Aces and The A-Team. Based on the trailer, Carnahan’s newest film Stretch is very much the latter. Patrick Wilson plays a chauffeur in need of a serious cash injection, who agrees to take kooky billionaire Chris Pine around for a night of general insanity. The film also features Ed Helms, Jessica Alba, and Norman Reedus. It’s on iTunes and Amazon on Oct. 7 and VOD on Oct. 14, but you can watch the trailer right now exclusively on EW. »
- Darren Franich
Manuel here to check in with “The Prom King” himself whose latest passion project films have been making news lately:
First up and still looking for distribution is Stretch, the Joe Carnahan film he shot in just under twenty-three days with Chris Pine, which is drumming up interest by releasing new images and new clips. Carnahan, who shot the film for Universal, has found himself needing to find alternate distribution for it, and from the plot description (and the weirdly fascinating pics released) one can see why: “The under-$5 million pic follows a chauffeur who’s deep in debt to a bookie. In the hope of scoring a big tip, he picks up a risky job ferrying around a mysterious billionaire (Pine) who wants to sell his book of criminal contacts. The driver tries his best to fulfill all of his client’s requests, but the night takes ever stranger turns, »
- Manuel Betancourt
*Editor’s note- Noam Little was nice enough to write this very thought provoking article regarding the state of horror and how a combination of marketing, dumping films to VOD and horror fandom might be incredibly detrimental to the genre. Give it a read, it’s a good one!-Jerry
The year is 1931. Although the American Public at large is greatly affected by The Great Depression, a line of people stand outside New York’s Roxy Theatre with cash in hand. None of these people knew they were contributing to American Cinematic History, but by the end of the decade, an entire film studio would become a box office tyrannosaur thanks to several refined, masterful depictions of the horror genre. And yet staring at that line of people is a man of supposed high social standing, uninterested by the fascinating in immoral and undignified cinema as he makes his way to his local library. »
- Jerry Smith
Director Joe Carnahan (A-Team, Smokin' Aces) has released a few more clips from his next wild and crazy looking film Stretch. The movie was recently acquired by Universal Pictures, but there is no release date for it yet.
In the amusing clip directly below, Wilson has an encounter with David Hasselhoff, and in the hilarious exchange of dialogue the Hoff calls him a "punk ass motherfucker," and he then proceeds to hassle him for being late.
I've included three other clips as well featuring odd and fun footage from the movie, which also stars Chris Pine, Brooklyn Decker, Ed Helms, and Jessica Alba. I love how insane this movie looks and I'm really excited to see it, especially after watching these clips. »
- Joey Paur
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