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Four deep sea saturation divers become stranded 650ft below the surface of the Indian Ocean after disaster strikes their ship. With the air in their bodies compressed to withstand the depth, surfacing too fast without decompressing is unthinkable and will lead to almost certain death. With their diving bell damaged, rescue uncertain and oxygen depleting, they are forced to work together to fight for their survival.
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- Laura Holmes
Despite a strong premise and solid acting, this subaquatic disaster drama is too much by-the-numbers
Danny Huston stars in this strenuously acted thriller, which sends four men to the bottom of the Indian Ocean in a diving bell to repair a gas pipeline. It’s a grim but lucrative job and they are under immense pressure from the ocean’s weight and, naturally, their own various emotional states. Engel (Huston) is haggard and haunted by his past; Mitchell (Matthew Goode) is a thoughtful, Bible-reading guy; Hurst (Alan McKenna) is burnt out from the job and Jones (Joe Cole) is a cocky youngster whose girlfriend has just had a baby.
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- Peter Bradshaw
Pressure review: A great concept that sadly lacks a genuine connection and would benefit immensely from more focused direction and a stronger script.
After recently enjoying the unexpectedly sturdy Black Sea, I had a lot of hope for Pressure as there have been some exciting ‘single location’ thrillers in the past few years. Frustratingly, this deep-sea diving drama sinks to the bottom both literally in its diving bell and creatively as it remarkably misses some huge potential.
Directed by Ron Scalpello, his second feature, the film focuses on four deep sea divers who get stuck 650ft below the surface of the Indian Ocean after a storm takes out their ship. This isn’t a spoiler as it’s the opening moments of the movie and there’s not much chance to build a background for any character.
Pressure is abundant with problematic issues that range from camerawork to awkward conversation. »
- Dan Bullock
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Question: Can you give some Grey’s Anatomy spoilers, specifically Arizona and Callie? —Barbara
Ausiello: Shonda Rhimes gave me some additional intel on the “exciting romances” Callie and Arizona will be embarking on in Season 12. For starters, their new squeezes will not be characters we’ve met before. Additionally, “They’re going to both be dating women,” Rhimes confirms, adding, “I do want to honor the fact that Callie is bisexual, and we’ve established that she’s dated guys. »
You should love Tom Ford, not because he's a fancy fashion designer, but because his terrific directorial debut, "A Single Man" starring Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, and Matthew Goode, was an impeccably crafted film, both gorgeous and emotionally soulful. Ford hasn’t made a movie since that 2009 picture, but he’s got a new one on the way, and everyone in Hollywood is clamoring to join the cast. Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal are set to star in the movie, and at one point the drama was attracting names like Joaquin Phoenix too. But it looks like the picture, titled “Nocturnal Animals,” couldn’t quite land him. Instead, Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Michael Shannon have signed up. Read More: Tom Ford's Next Movie Is 'Nocturnal Animals,' George Clooney Producing, Plot Details Emerge Ford is writing and directing, and the drama is an adaptation of Austin Wright’s 1993 novel “Tony And Susan. »
- Edward Davis
An underwater thriller, titled Pressure, is releasing on several more formats, shortly. The film focuses on the dangers of this activity. This writer knows the dangers of diving, first hand; a diving accident almost ended this life early, several years ago. Another family member lost someone in fourty feet of water, through their diving charter business. Diving is both an unpredictable sport and business. In Pressure, events takes place in over 600' of water. Here, the dangers of diving are extreme. The film stars Danny Huston (21 Grams), Matthew Goode (Watchmen) and Joe Cole. The first exciting trailer for the film is hosted here. From the synopsis, four commercial divers are tasked with repairing an oil pipeline. In the Indian Ocean, disaster looms as their ship begins to sink. They are trapped below the water in a small craft, with only one way out - upwards! But, the deep pressure threatens the bends. »
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As far as high concepts go, Ben Kingsley and Ryan Reynolds playing the same person isn't a bad start. But this switcherooo turns out to be one of the least distracting elements of Tarsem Singh's slick, silly sci-fi Self/less, which gets a running start with smart ideas it can't follow through on.
Kingsley is Damian Hayes, a haughty and emotionally detached real estate tycoon with terminal cancer. Desperate to survive at any cost, he crosses paths with a shadowy scientist (Matthew Goode on enjoyably snakelike form) who offers him a radical new procedure known as shedding, whereby his consciousness is transferred into a healthy, lab-grown new body. What do I have to lose, he asks himself, because presumably he's never heard of Faust.
Related: Self/Less movie agrees with film history: immortality is a drag
There’s a Twilight Zone premise – though sadly no Twilight Zone brevity or script discipline – to this sci-fi thriller. Ben Kingsley is Damian, an ageing billionaire property magnate with a continuing hunger for deals, but also a dire cancer prognosis: he’s raging against cruel mortality. Then he discovers a creepy corporation run by a bespectacled technocrat called Albright (Matthew Goode) specialising in “shedding” for the super-rich: moving your mind and consciousness into a new twentysomething body: and Damian’s self is duly transplanted into a young hunk, played by Ryan Reynolds. Then he finds out this body was not, as promised, grown in a lab but belonged to someone else – a young soldier who sold it, sacrificing »
- Peter Bradshaw
In this excerpt from the Guardian film show Xan Brooks, Catherine Shoard and Peter Bradshaw watch Sir Ben Kingsley nab the body of Ryan Reynolds in Self/Less, a sci-fi thriller in which a dying billionaire implants his consciousness into a younger man with terrible consequences. Directed by Tarsem Singh and co-starring Natalie Martinez and Matthew Goode, Self/Less is released in the UK on Friday 17 July Continue reading »
- Xan Brooks, Peter Bradshaw, Catherine Shoard, Zoran Trajkovic, Richard Sprenger, Henry Barnes and Andrea Salvatici
One of the last Enigma coding machines that the Nazis used to send encrypted messages during the Second World War has sold at auction.
The device was valued between £50,000 and £70,000 but sold for a whooping £149,000, Sotheby's told BBC News.
It's thought that the recent Imitation Game movie helped boost the Enigma's value, although it doesn't beat the $269,000 (£172,350) paid for another model in April.
The Nazis believed the Enigma machines were impossible to crack with 159,000,000,000,000,000,000 possible settings.
However, British scientist Alan Turing developed a machine of his own, the Bombe, to decipher the codes.
During the war, around 100,000 Engimas were in use but the Nazis destroyed most of them as they retreated.
A new number one entered the Us box office chart this weekend with those loveable yellow Minions slaying everything in their path to sit atop the charts with a massive opening.
The prequel to Despicable Me and Despicable Me 2, Minions took an estimated $115.2 million in its opening weekend, the second-highest of all time for an animated movie, just behind the $122.5 million taken by Shrek The Third in 2007 and above the $110.3 million that Toy Story 3 grossed in 2010. That includes a Friday gross of $46.2 million, the highest grossing opening day ever for an animated film.
Minions’ international total now stands at a huge $280.5 million after a second weekend of around $124 million, bringing its two week total to $395.7 million worldwide. A third Despicable Me, or indeed a Minions sequel, is now surely guaranteed after another massive box-office haul.
In other new release news this weekend, Blumhouse and Entertainment 360’s The Gallows opened to around $10 million, »
- Scott J. Davis
Directed by Tarsem Singh.
An extremely wealthy man, dying from cancer, undergoes a radical medical procedure that transfers his consciousness into the body of a healthy young man. But all is not as it seems when he starts to uncover the mystery of the body’s origin and the organization that will kill to protect its cause.
Self/less is one of those films that wants to be one thing, unfortunately is another thing, and as a result is two ideas clashing leaving behind a fragmented mess of a movie. Typically movies like this were usually always destined to be terrible but Self/less had the potential to be a provocative science-fiction thriller. The problem is that the science-fiction part (and pretty much everything interesting about the story) are ditched for an onslaught of generic action scenes, »
- Robert Kojder
From Nosferatu to Bowie and the new body-transplant thriller, eternal life is rarely a blessing but a neverending curse
Ever since Ponce de León landed in Florida in search of the mythic fountain of youth, the dream of limitless life has captivated the mind of mankind. Especially in Florida, where the ancients of the frigid northern wastes of the United States still emigrate en masse, on or about their sell-by dates, in hopes of retarding or halting the relentless depredations of time and gravity.
But as Matthew Goode tells an ageing Ben Kingsley in Self/Less: “Immortality has some side effects.” He’s not kidding. The immensely wealthy Damian (Kingsley) is invited – for a cool quarter-billion-dollar fee – to participate in a highly secret process whereby his entire consciousness will be decanted from his increasingly decrepit body and into the handsome, wrinkle-free form of Ryan Reynolds, thus ensuring a new lease on life. »
- John Patterson
Gramercy Pictures released their new sci-fi/action flick, "Self/Less," into theaters this weekend. I just checked it out, and thought it was very entertaining, serving up a very interesting plotline that featured plenty of great action and drama. The movie stars: Ryan Reynolds, Ben Kingsley, Derek Luke, Victor Garber, Matthew Goode, Natalie Martinez and Michelle Dockery. In the new flick, Billionaire industrialist ,Damian Hale (Ben Kingsley), is dying of cancer, so he agrees to try a new, radical medical procedure called "shedding," in which his consciousness is transferred to a healthy body, taking on the identity of Edward (Ryan Reynolds). However, there is a side effect that causes him to hallucinate, and he must take some red pills everyday to ward off hallucinations. From there, he takes on his new life, enjoying all the good times that a good-looking, young guy can take part in. This continues until he's »
- Andre Braddox
What happens when an extremely wealthy aristocrat dying of cancer undergoes a medical procedure that transfers his consciousness to the body of a healthy young man? Mayhem, naturally. Self/less opens in theaters today, bringing Ryan Reynolds and Ben Kingsley to a dramatic head in the most recent sci-fi thriller from Focus Features. Just when Kingsley's character starts getting used to life in the fast lane (and the beautiful women that come with having a body like Reynolds'), the original young man slowly comes back—threatening Kingsley's livelihood all over again. The Imitation Game's Matthew Goode joins the high profile ensemble alongside Downtown Abbey star Michelle Dockery as Kingsley's estranged »
Has The Good Wife found her new man? Jeffrey Dean Morgan has joined the CBS drama as a new investigator hired by Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies) in season seven. Since the departure of her campaign manager Johnny (Steven Pasquale), death of Will (Josh Charles) and Finn's (Matthew Goode) decision not to partner with her, Alicia's hurting in the man department. So, will that void be filled by Morgan? "We'll see. I don't know. I've been told a little bit of my character's background. I know that there's a lot of speculation that there might be some possible romance thing happening," Morgan tells E! News' Marc Malkin at San Diego Comic-Con while promoting Extant, his CBS drama, on which »
Unless you were paying close attention beforehand you would never know that the new sci-fi thriller "Self/less" was directed by the one and only Tarsem Singh. At worst, the often frustrating filmmaker has always had a keen eye, whether it was used helming a landmark music video such as Rem's "Loosing My Religion" or creating visual feats such as "The Fall" or "Immortals." Why Singh took such a conservative approach to this particular film, a project that could have used his stylistic flourishes, is head scratching. The concept is pretty simple. A dying billionaire, Damian Hale (Ben Kinsgley), is given the opportunity to "shed" his current body and inhabit a younger, healthier shell. In theory, it's painless; it just uses a machine to transfer the memories from one person into the brain of another. Actually that means it's just a new body that thinks it's the previous person, but »
- Gregory Ellwood
Body/mind transference, the central idea behind the thriller Self/Less, is so flush with opportunity that it’s frustrating to see this new movie fly off the rails so early and so completely. Self/Less has the premise for thought-provoking science-fiction, but it doesn’t have the gumption. It would rather be a blockbuster than a mind-bender but it turns out to be neither. Ben Kingsley stars as Damian Hale, a miserly real-estate magnate at death’s door who pays a quarter million dollars for the services of the shadowy corporation known as ‘Phoenix Biogenics’ (we know he’s rich because he’s shown in his Trump-style penthouse complete with solid gold doors and bannister). Albright (Matthew Goode), Phoenix’s spiffy young chief, offers his clients ‘Shedding’, a process of transferring the mind from the old and sick body into a healthy younger human grown organically in their lab. »
- Tom Stockman
If you were given the opportunity to live forever, would you take it? Ryan Reynolds himself wouldn’t, but his character in Tarsem Singh’s Self/less does. Damian Hale (Ben Kingsley) is a billionaire industrialist. His mind is sharp, but his body is withering away from cancer. However, all hope isn’t lost thanks to a man named Albright (Matthew Goode). He’s developed a procedure called “shedding” that transfers one person’s consciousness into another body, presumably a lab-grown empty vessel. Damian agrees to give it a go and wakes up a younger, healthy man (Reynolds). With Self/less making its way into theaters on July 10th, I got the opportunity to sit down with Reynolds to discuss his experience making the film. He talked about working with Singh as an actor’s director, the real science behind the concept, bringing Deadpool to San Diego Comic-Con, the on-set »
- Perri Nemiroff
The Change-Up: Singh Sleepwalks Through Sci-Fi Stock
Time is not on anyone’s side in director Tarsem Singh’s latest blunder through familiar material, Self/less, a mash-up of recycled sci-fi tropes drained of innovation or potential potency. Issues of class, identity, and health insurance get chugged through the blender of David and Alex Pastor’s script, the directing/screenwriting duo’s foray into the English language. Singh, known for expressively beautiful visuals, presents his most demurely dressed feature to date, though his usual ocular trickery may have offered a slight reprieve from the crushing banality of the laughably conservative moral fable proffered here.
Damian (Ben Kingsley) heads his own self-built empire, but finds he’s been diagnosed with cancer and doesn’t have much longer to live. He has a troubled relationship with his daughter, Claire (Michelle Dockery), but finds he’s not quite ready to call it quits. »
- Nicholas Bell
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