10 items from 2015
Owen Wilson might seem like an unlikely action hero, but there was a time when he looked primed to become America’s next golden-haired champion of good and kicking ass. Roles in films like Behind Enemy Lines and Armageddon set a tone that he quickly subverted with roles in action-comedies like Shanghai Noon and I Spy, not to mention his now-trademark offbeat persona honed in Wes Anderson films and countless romantic comedies. He clearly went with the material that interested him (and audiences) more, but was somehow tempted to join fellow indie-and-romcom staple Lake Bell in No Escape, a film that pits their married couple against a horde of murderous Asian people and Pierce Brosnan’s cockney accent.
The film starts out with Jack and Annie Dwyer »
- Mark Allen
“Those far away places with the strange-sounding names”, that’s how the old tune goes, I believe. Well, that song’s title as been the theme for many a motion picture, mainly comedies. It’s a great way to exploit the old “fish out of water” fodder for laughs. There’s the foreign on our own turf, with the perplexed visitors in The Terminal and Crocodile Dundee. And, on the flip side we’ve seen the new batch of Grisswolds trying to adapt to unfamiliar parts of their homeland just a few weeks ago in the new Vacation reboot, while the classic clan were the standard “ugly Americans” abroad nearly thirty years ago in European Vacation. And earlier this year a trio of comic misfits led by Vince Vaughn invaded Germany in Unfinished Business. This new film puts a very serious twist on this premise, one that plants the film firmly in thriller territory. »
- Jim Batts
American in Peril: Dowdle Bros. Play on Base Fears with Survival Drama
It’s unfortunate so many superficial elements are working against the objective consideration of No Escape, beginning with its potentially problematic casting of an unwavering comic star as the lead in what promises to be a pulse-pounding thriller. Add to this a flurry of uneasy marketing elements, including dreadfully cheesy poster art, corny taglines, borrowing a title from a likeable 90’s sci-fi flick starring Ray Liotta, and the potential of this latest effort from the Dowdle Bros. (Quarantine; As Above, So Below) promises the making of an undeniable turkey.
Despite all of these unfavorable buzz-killing aspects, the film manages to be an unfathomable rarity in that it manages to overcome all of these red-flag detractions as an uncomfortably tense survival thriller. Though not without a certain amount of quibbling in reference to its sometimes problematic ‘truths’, such as »
- Nicholas Bell
The Weinstein Company
Following a family’s attempts to escape a coup in an unidentified Asian country, No Escape was allowed to shoot in Thailand on the understanding the country would not be name-checked. It’s unclear if that agreement has been violated by the movie, but Page Six are reporting the Thai government have banned it anyway.
This all seems a little benign in the wake of Interview-gate last Christmas, and the film’s trailer certainly promotes more of an action movie vibe than any sort of deep social commentary, but it’s always interesting to see censorship executed to such an extreme degree. This isn’t particularly new for Thailand though, who entered into a »
- Daniel Kelly
Arrow Films & Video have announced its line-up of new Blu-ray releases for October 2015, and once again there are some gems in the list. Chief amongst them are Clive Barker’s first three Hellraiser films in a limited-edition “Scarlet Box”, and a remastered box-set of films directed by acclaimed Japanese filmmaker Kiju Yoshida.
You can check out the full list of films and their special features below, as well as the release dates of the Blu-ray’s with some available in both the UK and Us.
Stephen King was once quoted as saying: “I have seen the future of horror… his name is Clive Barker.” That future became reality when, in 1987, Barker unleashed his directorial debut Hellraiser – launching a hit franchise and creating an instant horror icon in the formidable figure of Pinhead. Barker’s original Hellraiser, based on his novella The Hellbound Heart, follows Kirsty »
- Scott J. Davis
Just as his Wedding Crashers co-star Vince Vaughn is segueing to more serious fare with the second season of HBO’s True Detective, Owen Wilson is making another go in the action realm with the Weinstein Company’s Labor Day opener No Escape, his first serious bullets-and-chase feature, sans comedy, since 2001’s Behind Enemy Lines ($91.8M worldwide box office). In No Escape, Wilson plays an American who moves his family to Southeast Asia, only to find themselves in the… »
Owen Wilson is back in the action game.
The first trailer for the film, released by the Weinstein Company, finds Wilson toting shotguns as comfortably as a former 007, co-star Pierce Brosnan. Wilson plays an American businessman who moves his family to Southeast Asia just as a violent political uprising erupts. Lake Bell plays his wife, while Brosnan is a government agent who tries to help the family run for their lives.
- Maane Khatchatourian
The Weinstein Company has dropped a trailer for action thriller, No Escape, formerly known as The Coup. Owen Wilson, Pierce Brosnan and Lake Bell topline the flick which focuses on an All-American family who relocate to Southeast Asia. Unfortunately, their arrival coincides with a violent political uprising.
At first glance, the casting choices aren’t what one would expect from this type of fare. Granted, Brosnan has committed a fair chunk of his resume to actioners, so his inclusion isn’t that surprising. It’s Wilson and Bell that surprise us, as they appear to be broaching unfamiliar territory. For the most part, the pair have participated in broad comedies and indie gems, with the exception of Wilson’s 2001 sidestep, Behind Enemy Lines.
All three are front and center in this first trailer, which establishes its central premise quickly before descending into typified Hollywood xenophobia. Wilson and Bell play the married couple, »
- Gem Seddon
Though many know Owen Wilson for his more comedic roles in films like Wedding Crashers, earlier in his career he took on a variety of films from Behind Enemy Lines to The Haunting, and two of his earliest films were Armageddon and Anaconda. Now Wilson is getting back into action thriller territory with No Escape (formerly known as The Coup), the story of a man who finds himself and his family threatened in the middle of a political uprising just after moving to Southeast Asia. Pierce Brosnan and Lake Bell also star in the film which looks pretty intense, and might open some new doors for Wilson in other genres again. Watch! Here's the first trailer for John Erick Dowdle's No Escape from The Weinstein Company: No Escape is directed by John Erick Dowdle, who co-wrote the film with brother Drew Dowdle (both of As Above So Below, Devil »
- Ethan Anderton
This week Neil Calloway looks why American Sniper is breaking box office records…
I’ve read a lot about American Sniper since it was released; about the fake plastic babies it uses instead of real children, about how Michael Moore said snipers were cowards (and then backtracked and said he liked the film), about how it might actually influence a real life murder trial, and lots about how much money it has made. I haven’t read anything suggesting why it has made so much money.
First, the facts – American Sniper had the biggest January opening of a film ever in the Us, the biggest for a drama, the biggest Thursday night R rated opening (more than double that of the previous record holder, last year’s Lone Survivor, which we’ll get back to), the biggest for a Clint Eastwood film; the list goes on. In short, it made »
- Neil Calloway
10 items from 2015
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