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Joe Carnahan's Stretch reminds me a lot of Michael Mann's Collateral. The operating word there being "reminds" as in this is the B-movie, bat-sh*t crazy, balls-to-the-wall red-headed step child of Collateral. And I mean that in the nicest way possible. For anyone the least bit familiar with Carnahan's work, Stretch will come as no surprise. Carnahan could easily be described as a director interested in masculinity. He's a "tough guy" cinema director, making the movie equivalent to beef jerky. I like beef jerky and I like Carnahan's films. I like the outlandish nature of his movies, the "anything can happen" narratives, and he consistently brings actors along for the ride that are just as willing and excited about starring in something crazy. While his films such as Narc and The Grey show he can also delve competently into serious cinema, his movies such as Smokin' Aces and »
- Brad Brevet
Back in January, Universal Pictures announced that it was shuttering plans to theatrically release "Narc" director Joe Carnahan's micro-budget comedic thriller "Stretch." It was uncertain when (and if) "Stretch" would see the light of day, with THR commenting on "Paranormal Activity" producer Jason Blum's overstuffed "movie morgue," filled to the brim with movies that were finished but remained unseen. Now those movies are getting out there, through home video and VOD channels, for the whole world to see. They aren't exactly being released, it's more like they escaped. And the first of these movies happens to be "Stretch," a wild, wooly movie that would have been way more enjoyable stretched across an actual movie screen. In "Stretch," a never-better Patrick Wilson plays the titular hero, a failed actor and current limo driver, who has had, in the past few years, developed a problem with booze and drugs and. »
- Drew Taylor
To Live and Drive in La: Carnahan’s Trip into Hollyweird
In an unprecedented and surprisingly brusque move, Universal chose to dump Joe Carnahan’s latest film, Stretch into a sole VOD platform release, bypassing a theatrical run completely. While this signifies the studio’s lack of confidence in the title, it’s most likely a herald of things to come for filmmakers working within the system. The rule of thumb in the film industry used to be that you’re only as good as your last picture, but Carnahan received some of the best notices of his directorial career with 2012’s The Grey—it no longer seems to matter just how well your last picture performed. In defense of the eclectic director’s tastes, his latest is a bizarre romp through Tinseltown that never adheres to a particular mold, making it a rather tough sell but pleasantly offbeat feature, »
- Nicholas Bell
After being suddenly delayed earlier this year, Universal Pictures is releasing Joe Carnahan's comedic action thriller Stretch on VOD this coming weekend. Kicking things off with a red band that was approved by "your mama" and an upbeat tune from the Ferris Bueller's Day Off soundtrack, this is one wacky trailer for what promises to be an equally crazy movie from director Joe Carnahan, who has apparently promised to refund your money himself if you don't like the movie. It's a very weirdly cut trailer, with some annoying sound editing, and just a list of all the craziness that you'll see. But is it enough to get people to watch? Here's the weird red band trailer for Joe Carnahan's Stretch from the film's YouTube page: Watch the first trailer for Joe Carnahan's wacky thriller Stretch right here. Stretch is written and directed by Joe Carnahan (of Narc, »
- Ethan Anderton
One of the things I like about Joe Carnahan's films is that they filter drama and action through a working-class lens. Narc is on the down-and-dirty streets; The Grey is about a group of oil drillers trying to survive in the wild; and even his blockbuster feature The A-Team sides with guys just trying to make a living. The outlier is Smokin' Aces, an ensemble piece that ranges from cartoonish to somber as assassins compete to take out an informant. Carnahan's latest feature, Stretch, attempts to blend the slapdash attitude of Smokin' Aces with a grounded, working-class character. The result is a movie that still manages to be endearing despite how often it tries to remind you of its weirdness. Stretch (Patrick Wilson) is a limo driver struggling to turn his life around. A failed actor and former addict, Stretch owes $6,000 to the Mexican mob, and he needs the »
- Matt Goldberg
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
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
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
"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
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
Since 2011’s “The Grey,” director Joe Carnahan has had trouble mounting a followup. First there was his failed pitch for “Daredevil,” then the creative differences with MGM on the “Death Wish” remake, but it looked as if things had turned the corner for the “Narc” filmmaker when he completed work on the low-budget thriller “Stretch.” That is, until Universal dropped the title from its schedule earlier this year. But the Patrick Wilson-starring film is set to premiere on VOD next month, and a few clips have surfaced to give us a glimpse at the delayed film. The high concept thriller follows Wilson as a chauffeur whose night on the job gets crazier thanks to the demands of his billionaire client (played by Chris Pine). Wilson's wild evening brings him into the orbit of a cast that includes Jessica Alba, Ed Helms, Norman Reedus, Brooklyn Decker, Ray Liotta and David Hasselhoff. »
- Cain Rodriguez
Coming from Smokin' Aces, The Grey, and Narc director Joe Carnahan, Stretch looks absolutely insane!! Filled with some big name cameos and general off the wall weirdness, the movie stars Patrick Wilson as a limo driver whose life is turned into living by an eccentric billionaire, and also stras Chris Pine, Ray Liotta, and Jessica Alba. No concrete release date has been given for the movie as of yet, but it's social media campaign is already in full swing, and if the rest of the movie is as weird and wonderful as the below clips (yes, that is a blood soaked Norman Reedus playing himself), you will definitely want to get in on Stretch at the ground floor. »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
With films such as Narc, The A-Team and The Grey under his belt, you would think it would a little easier these days for director Joe Carnahan to get his films made. However, his latest film Stretch, a low-budget thriller made with small-budget horror specialists Blumhouse, the film was due to bow in March this year, but was dropped by Universal earlier in the year.
The film, which is now set to debut on VOD this month, has some big talent involved, including Chris Pine (Star Trek, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit), Patrick Wilson (Watchmen, Insidious), Ed Harris (The Rock, Snowpiercer), Ed Helms (The Hangover), Brooklyn Dekker (Battleship), and Jessica Alba (Sin City: A Dame to Kill For), but it seems even they were not enough for the studio to fully back the film.
According to Deadline, Blumhouse is launching a new venture, Bh Tilt, aimed at putting together multi-platform releases »
- Scott Davis
For those of you who haven't heard of Stretch, it is Joe Carnahan's (Smoking Aces, Narc) latest film baby with an all-star cast including Patrick Wilson, Chris Pine, Jessica Alba, Brooklyn Decker, Ed Helms and Ray Liotta. The story centers around a chauffeur (Wilson) who picks up a difficult and devious billionaire (Pine). As the night goes on, their interaction leads to dangerous encounters. While it was originally slated for March, Universal dropped it like a hot potato and it's been »
- Sean Wist
Exclusive: As the TV biz prepares to celebrate another ground breaking year tonight, underwritten in no small effort by feature talent, the remarkable thing to consider is how much more of this is coming. Here’s one that has great potential: HBO and Paramount Television are making deals to turn the 2010 hit film Shutter Island into a TV series. Tentatively titled Ashecliffe, the plan is for the pilot to be directed by Martin Scorsese from a script by Dennis Lehane, who wrote the bestselling thriller novel that Scorsese and screenwriter Laeta Kalogridis turned into the hit film that Leonardo DiCaprio starred in.
Ashecliffe is the name of the isolated mental hospital where the movie took place, and the series begins before the events of the film. The focus is the past of hospital, and the secrets and misdeeds perpetrated by its founders who erected the hospital in the early 20th »
- Mike Fleming Jr
He can be self-destructive, darkly debonair or a lot more dangerous, but Jason Patric is best known for bringing a smoldering intensity to his roles, be it in it something like “The Lost Boys,” “Geronimo: An American Legend,” ”Rush,” “Sleepers” or “Narc,” Joe Carnahan’s 2002 film that reminded people of his talent after a self-imposed four-year hiatus. In his latest movie, director Brian A. Miller’s crime thriller “The Prince,” Patric stars alongside Bruce Willis, John Cusack, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Jessica Lowndes and South Korean pop star-turned-actor Rain, playing a retired crime boss and single father forced to team up with his best friend and go to dark places when his [ Read More ]
Filmmaker Joe Carnahan doesn’t mess around. His movies range from gritty thrillers like Narc to big summer tentpoles like The A-Team to thoughtful, existential dramas like The Grey, and recently he’s been delving into television to great success with The Blacklist and the upcoming State of Affairs. Though his latest feature film, a small-scale crazy actioner called Stretch, is currently looking for a distributor, we recently learned that Carnahan is lining up another feature project in Five Against a Bullet. The Wild Bunch-esque story revolves around five bodyguards that are hired to protect a Mexican politician through a contentious election after his father is murdered by a drug cartel. At the TCA Press Tour, Christina interviewed Carnahan in anticipation of his upcoming drama series State of Affairs, and the director touched on Five Against the Bullet, revealing that it will probably be his next film. Check out »
- Adam Chitwood
A-Team director Joe Carnahan is set to rewrite and direct a new action movie for Sony Pictures called Five Against A Bullet. According to THR, the project has kind of been sitting around gathering dust for several years, and during that time several people have come on and off the project. Bruce Willis was one actor that was looking to star in the picture, but it's not clear on if it's something he'd still be interested in doing.
The story centers on a "Mexican politician who, after his father is killed by a drug cartel, hires the five best bodyguards from around the world to protect him through a contentious election."
This sounds like the perfect project for Carnahan to develop. His energetic directing style would translate perfectly to a story like this. The other films he has directed include Narc, Smokin’ Aces, and The Grey. »
- Joey Paur
Do you remember hearing about Five Against A Bullet? Bruce Willis was attached to star in the action thriller a couple of years ago, and while there's no word on if the actor is still interested in the project, THR has learned it does now have a director. Narc and Smokin' Aces director Joe Carnahan will be behind the camera for Five Against A Bullet. Alex Litvak (The Three Musketeers, Predators) wrote the original script for Five Against A Bullet, however Joe Carnahan has »
- Jesse Giroux
This August’s The Prince mixes up the traditional Bruce Willis action movie formula – casting the Die Hard icon as the antagonist in the story, as can be seen in the first trailer (see above). Protagonist duties here have instead been assigned to Jason Patric, of Lost Boys and Narc fame (and Speed 2: Cruise Control infamy), who plays a Mississippi mechanic – forced to revisit his past in the criminal underworld, when an old rival with a grudge (Willis) kidnaps his daughter (90210 star Jessica Lowndes).
Both the plot summary and the Prince trailer footage suggest this film is basically “Taken starring Jason Patric,” though some years back co-screenwriter Jeremy Passmore described the script as his and co-writer Andre Fabrizio’s attempt to make “[Clint Eastwood's] ‘Unforgiven’ as a gangster movie.”
John Carpenter was onboard to direct the project back then, but he ultimately ended up ...
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- Sandy Schaefer
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